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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Autumn coho fishing in the Strait of Juan de Fuca still worth pursuing

1078354_10201659995450495_525996564_nThe coho fishery in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Sekiu to Port Angeles remains on the radar of anglers with catches being pretty good in pockets of areas.

“We saw pretty good checks (40 boats with 137 coho last Sunday, and 32 boats with 148 last Saturday) and nice-size coho caught at Port Angeles where it was close to a fish-and-a-half per person,” said Larry Bennett, a state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait. “Not many people showed up at Sekiu, but there was still some fish around.”

A check from Freshwater Bay also showed 14 boats with 30 coho last Sunday.

“Some coho finally moved in at Dungeness Bay as well as the river itself, and I think the rain woke them up,” he said. “We’ve had flat water and no wind so people are still getting out. The weather is yucky, and if you don’t mind getting wet then you’ll likely still find some good coho fishing unless the wind blows.”

Sekiu (Marine Catch Area 5) anglers are allowed to keep hatchery chinook and coho as part of their two-salmon daily limit through Oct. 31. Port Angeles (Area 6) anglers are allowed to keep one chinook in a two-salmon daily limit.

 

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