The latest catch numbers in the state Fish and Wildlife fish checks show a spike in hatchery coho fishing success although quantity makes up for their small size.
“Those little hatchery coho showed up off Sekiu, but the chinook just aren’t there like they should be, and not much is happening at Port Angeles,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait.
On Sunday a check from Olson’s Resort in Sekiu showed 62 boats with 148 anglers caught 13 hatchery kings and 126 hatchery coho; and on Saturday, 52 boats with 126 anglers caught 12 hatchery kings and 72 hatchery coho.
“Most of the coho being caught at Sekiu are likely South Puget Sound net-pen resident coho that don’t get much growth,” Bennett said. “The majority are coded-wire tag fish averaging 3 to 4 pounds, and I’ve heard of a few reports of 8 and 12 pound coho caught, but had to be released since they were wild fish.”
Bennett says Freshwater Bay and Port Angeles off Ediz Hook did produce a few hatchery kings in the 15 to 17 pound range.
“Nothing exciting happening in the Strait, and (on Monday) fog was a factor on the water,” Bennett said. “There has still been a lack of baitfish in the Strait this summer, and when that happens the fish keep on moving by and don’t hold in one spot for very long.”