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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 9, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Sekiu and Port Angeles start off strong for hatchery kings, but recently cooled off

The Strait of Juan de Fuca between Sekiu and Port Angeles started off strong for salmon fishing, and has now settled down to fair catches.

“It started off pretty good at Sekiu and close to a fish or two per boat average,” said Larry Bennett, a state Fish and Wildlife sample checker in the Strait who saw 87 fish for 48 boats at Van Riper’s on one day of checking.

“There was quite a few blackmouth (immature chinook) coming in at Sekiu, and I saw three or four fish in the teens, and the rest were 22 inches up to 5 and 7 pounds, and not all that big,” Bennett said.

A few number of kings also appeared by some Sekiu anglers heading west and fishing in Makkaw Bay.

The Port Angeles king fishery started off very well with 88 chinook for 80 boats and 171 anglers, and some nice fish in the 10 to 20 range.

“I know one guy who got a 24 pounder out of Port Angeles,” Bennett said. “It died down by the weekend at Port Angeles. We also had a couple of sockeye show up in the July 5 catch.”

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