The Strait of Juan de Fuca was the place to be for coho especially the western region off Sekiu where a short window of opportunity allows anglers to keep both wild and hatchery coho.
From now through Sept. 25, anglers in Marine Catch Area 5 from the mouth of the Sekiu River east to Low Point are allowed to keep both hatchery and wild coho.
From Sept. 26-30, Sekiu anglers may keep only hatchery coho. From Oct. 1-31, Sekiu anglers are allowed to keep hatchery chinook and coho.
“There was finally some good numbers of coho around at Sekiu, and it was like a fish and half per angler average (two coho per rod is a daily limit),” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait.
“The size of the coho is down this season, and if you got a 10 or 12 pounder that is considered a big one right now,” Bennett said. “There was a lot of people at Sekiu this weekend, and they go swamped with no place to park and people having their cars and trailers parked up along the highway.”
Further east at Port Angeles the coho action has been fair to good.
“There are a few fish around off Port Angeles, but it kind of slowed down at the end of last week,” Bennett said. “I went out on Thursday and managed to catch a couple coho.”
From now through Sept. 30, anglers in Marine Catch Area 6 from Low Point east to Partridge Point-Point Wilson line are allowed to keep hatchery coho. From Oct. 1-31, anglers are allowed to keep one chinook as part of a two salmon daily limit.
Catches by the numbers:
Olson’s Resort, Sekiu — Sept. 19: 22 boats with 57 anglers caught 93 coho, two black rockfish and seven kelp greenling; Sept. 21: 17 with 45 caught 71 coho.
Van Riper’s Resort, Sekiu — Sept. 21: 76 boats with 211 anglers caught 327 coho and eight black rockfish.
Curley’s Straitside Resort, Sekiu — Sept. 19: 41 boats with 111 anglers caught 157 coho.
Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles — 64 boats with 139 anglers caught 106 coho.
Port Angeles West ramp — Sept. 20: 38 boats with 87 anglers caught 53 coho.