The Sekiu hatchery king fishing opener in the western Strait of Juan de Fuca started off with a decent number of fish caught although it was quantity over quality.
“I think it averaged to about two fish per boat and a fish per rod average, but the fish caught were small,” said Chris Mohr, owner of Van Riper’s Resort in Sekiu.
“”It was more like a blackmouth (immature chinook) fishery than a king fishery,” said Mohr. “The average was 5 to 8 pounds, and some were even smaller. As far as catching I’d rate it a six on a scale of one-to-10, and as far as size goes it was more like a three.”
Turnout wasn’t that great, according to Mohr, but “I’m sure it will change in the next couple of days heading into the holiday weekend.”
Sekiu anglers also got blown off the water on Tuesday morning but a strong east wind, and then it settled down by the late afternoon.
The winds were expected to settle down heading into the Fourth of July weekend.