Washington State Fish and Wildlife Fishing Reports July 30th – August 4th

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Everett ramp – July 30: 37 boats with 84 anglers caught 13 chinook, four coho and 18 pinks; July 31: 38 boats with 76 anglers caught 18 chinook, six coho and nine pinks; Aug. 2: 79 boats with 178 anglers caught 35 chinook, 16 coho and 26 pinks; Aug. 3: 231 boats with 564 anglers caught 30 chinook, 56 coho and 95 pinks; Aug. 4: 246 boats with 587 anglers caught 44 chinook, 56 coho and 101 pinks.

Shilshole Bay ramp – July 30: 42 boats with 87 anglers caught 19 chinook, 16 coho and 25 pinks; July 31: 73 boats with 133 anglers caught 22 chinook, 16 coho and 26 pinks; Aug. 1: 41 boats with 82 anglers caught 23 chinook, nine coho and 13 pinks; Aug. 2: 76 boats with 162 anglers caught 29 chinook, 31 coho and 24 pinks; Aug. 3: 140 boats with 309 anglers caught 28 chinook, 31 coho and 39 pinks; Aug. 4: 72 boats with 165 anglers caught 10 chinook, 33 coho and 55 pinks.

Kingston ramp – July 31: 24 boats with 49 anglers caught two chinook, 23 coho, four pinks and five herring.

Don Armeni ramp, West Seattle – Aug. 2: 13 boats with 23 anglers caught four chinook, one coho and three chum; Aug. 4: 77 boats with 177 anglers caught 22 chinook, seven coho and 29 pinks.

Port Orchard ramp – July 29: Six boats with nine anglers caught two chinook; July 31: Six boats with 12 anglers caught three chinook.

Manchester ramp – July 30: 11 boats with 18 anglers caught no fish.

Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles – July 30: 29 boats with 51 anglers caught 22 chinook, one coho and 40 pinks; July 31: 27 boats with 56 anglers caught 33 chinook and 33 pinks; Aug. 1: 14 boats with 23 anglers caught eight chinook, one coho and five pinks; Aug. 2: 39 boats with 73 anglers caught 31 chinook, one coho and 66 pinks; Aug. 3: 62 boats with 135 anglers caught 38 chinook, five coho and 139 pinks; Aug. 4: 54 boats with 116 anglers caught 17 chinook and 84 pinks.

Olson’s Resort, Sekiu – July 30: 41 boats with 100 anglers caught 46 chinook, nine ocho and 77 pinks; July 31: 23 boats with 52 anglers caught nine chinook, two coho and 77 pinks; Aug. 1: 70 boats with 166 anglers caught 51 chinook, 11 coho, 97 pinks, three rockfish and 13 kelp greenling; Aug. 2: 76 boats with 193 anglers caught 103 chinook, seven coho and 124 pinks; Aug. 3: 15 boats with 41 anglers caught 13 chinook, five coho, 11 pinks and seven rockfish; aug. 4: 152 boats with 419 anglers caught 74 chinook, 38 coho, 219 pinks and five rockfish.

Van Riper’s Resort, Sekiu – July 30:
39 boats with 97 anglers caught 38 chinook, 11 coho and 89 pinks; Aug. 1: 42 boats with 103 anglers caught 38 chinook, eight coho and 101 pinks; Aug. 2: 41 boats with 97 anglers caught 58 chinook, five coho and 88 pinks; Aug. 3: 13 boats with 25 anglers caught 12 chinook, seven coho and 27 pinks.

John Wayne Marina, Sequim – Aug. 4: Eight boats with 16 anglers caught four chinook.

Glenn Street ramp, Bellingham – July 29: Six boats with 17 anglers caught three chinook and three pinks; Aug. 2: Two boats with six anglers caught one chinook and three pinks; Aug. 3: 15 boats with 42 anglers caught five chinook and 11 pinks; Aug. 4: 21 boats with 46 anglers caught five chinook and 37 pinks.

Blaine ramp – July 29: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; Aug. 3: Two boats with seven anglers caught two chinook; Aug. 4: Three boats with eight anglers caught no fish.

Cornet Bay ramp, North Whidbey Island – July 29: Seven boats with 15 anglers caught two chinook, four coho and 10 pinks; Aug. 2: Seven boats with 21 anglers caught 12 chinook, one coho and 13 pinks; Aug. 4: 31 boats with 71 anglers caught seven chinook, two coho and 32 pinks.

Washington Park ramp, Anacortes – July 29: 17 boats with 44 anglers caught five chinook and 10 pinks; Aug. 2: Nine boats with 19 anglers caught one chinook and two pinks; Aug. 3: 17 boats with 40 anglers caught four chinook and three pinks; Aug. 4: 17 boats with 47 anglers caught nine chinook and 14 pinks.

Griffin Bay ramp, San Juan Island – Aug. 2: One boat with one angler caught no fish; Aug. 3: Four boats with 13 anglers caught 13 pinks; Aug. 4: Five boats with 11 anglers caught 24 pinks.

Swinomish Channel ramp – Aug. 2: Three boats with seven anglers caught one chinook.

Redondo Beach ramp – July 29: 31 boats with 89 anglers caught one chinook, five coho, 13 pinks and 10 flounder; July 30: 51 boats with 93 anglers caught six chinook, one coho, 33 pinks and 13 flounder; Aug. 3: 122 boats with 268 anglers caught seven chinook, one coho, 146 pinks and 98 flounder.

Dash Point Pier – Aug. 3: 103 anglers caught 44 pinks, 36 flounder and 12 herring.

Brownsville ramp – Aug. 3: 27 boats with 60 anglers caught seven chinook, 10 coho, 17 pinks and one flounder.

Solo Point ramp, South Tacoma – July 29: One boat with four anglers caught two flounder.

Narrows Park Properties Pier – July 29: 14 anglers caught five pinks.

Point Defiance Park Boathouse, Tacoma – July 29: 27 boats with 31 anglers caught seven chinook, one coho and five pinks; July 30: 24 boats with 31 anglers caught eight chinook and five pinks; Aug. 2: 30 boats with 36 anglers caught seven chinook, two coho and three pinks; Aug. 4: 33 boats with 62 anglers caught three chinook, two pinks and 19 flounder.

Point Defiance Park ramp, Tacoma – July 29: 30 boats with 58 anglers caught four chinook and 13 pinks; July 30: 52 boats with 111 anglers caught 10 chinook, 22 pinks and nine flounder; July 31: Seven boats with 16 anglers caught eight chinook, one coho and 12 pinks; Aug. 4: 178 boats with 398 anglers caught seven chinook, two coho, 76 pinks and 56 flounder.

Gig Harbor ramp – July 29: 18 boats with 28 anglers caught two pinks; July 31: 12 boats with 24 anglers caught one chinook and five pinks; Aug. 4: Five boats with nine anglers caught one chinook and two pinks.

Narrows ramp – July 29: Seven boats with 18 anglers caught one pink; Aug. 3: Four boats with eight anglers caught one pink; Aug. 4: Seven boats with 16 anglers caught one pink and one flounder.

Narrows Marina – Aug. 3: Eight boats with 12 anglers caught six chinook.

Zittel’s Marina – July 29: Five boats with 10 anglers caught no fish; Aug. 4: 16 boats with 35 anglers caught 35 flounder.

Boston Harbor Marina – July 30: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; Aug. 3: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish.

Steilacoom ramp – July 30: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; July 31: One boat with one angler caught no fish.

Luhr Beach ramp – July 30: Six boats with 12 anglers caught five flounder; Aug. 3: Eight boats with 16 anglers caught no fish.

Hartstene Island ramp – Aug. 3: One boat with two anglers caught one chinook.

Hoodsport shoreline, Hood Canal – July 29: 29 anglers caught three pinks; Aug. 4: 24 anglers caught five chinook and one pink.

Skokomish ramp, Hood Canal – July 29: Five boats with 10 anglers caught no fish; Aug. 2: Six boats with 12 anglers caught one chinook; Aug. 4: 13 boats with 31 anglers caught two pinks.

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Mid-Channel Bank Port Townsend Best King Action

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mid-channel bank salmon opener 7-16-2013

Mid-Channel Bank off Port Townsend had been getting all the rave reviews from salmon anglers pursuing kings since it opened on Tuesday, July 16.

When word got out, I had to urge to take any ways necessary to get in on the action so I made plans to head up to this large sandy plateau located in Admiralty Inlet on Thursday.

As luck would have it, two days before saw torrential downpours, a lightning and thunderstorm that had put off the bite remarkably on Wednesday.

Well everyday is different so we still decided to play the cards and headed out under the cloudy dark skies from the Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina to the eastern ledge of Midchannel Bank.

The morning low tide when we arrived on the bank at 5 a.m. had the currents pushing the boat from Craven Rock on the northeast side of Marrowstone Island in a northerly direction toward Point Wilson located just north of the town of Port Townsend.

It was one of those perfect drifts and the boats were all trolling along the 90 to 110 foot line with about a dozen boats jigging in the “Judges Hole,” named after King County Superior Court Judge Jim Bates who passed away some time ago but was one of the best mooching anglers on the bank.

Our plan was to troll with downriggers using Coyote Spoons and flashers bouncing the big 10 to 12 pound lead balls right off the sandy bottom.

Our first two drifts came up empty-handed, but on our third drift we finally hooked into one king that pulled out line and then unbuttoned before we even got a chance to see it.

We quickly moved back into position and no sooner we had another hit and this one also took off for the horizon, but we got it near the net once before it too unbuttoned.

0-for-2 on kings is not a good way the start the morning.

Finally at around 8:30 a.m. we started to see a semi-good bite happening with anglers hooked up on fish around us.

The pole on the star board popped off the downrigger clip as my friend hooked into a nice 13 pound hatchery that we landed.

The rest of the morning it was just a fish caught here and there, and I also boated another 13 pound hatchery king and we had another hook up before the fish simply went off the bite.

We got some Intel the fish and schools of baitfish on the now changing flood tide had moved onto the western side of the sandy flats so we decided to try our luck there.

The area we trolled wasn’t what we’d consider a traditional king holding area as we trolled along an area that was anywhere from as shallow as 45 feet to a depth of 75 feet. But, the screen was lit up with schools and baitfish and we marked what were some definite kings. Birds were also working the baitfish and it just seemed really fishy.

As we doubted ourselves one of the poles slammed down and off the clip, and made a run for the horizon. In a short period of about one hour we had a few more opportunities and saw some fish caught before the bite went off once again.

Those mooching herring and jigging also found a good king bite Thursday and Friday right off the Point Wilson lighthouse right on the end off the outgoing tide in 30 to 60 feet of water.

“For several days in a row the locals have been getting a lot fish right off the Point Wilson lighthouse, and that was a very popular place and elbow-to-elbow with anglers back in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle.

As we ended our day and going three-for-eight on kings we knew this was just the start of another great summer to the hatchery king fishery that will continue through Aug. 30 in northern and central Puget Sound.

Other areas where a king bite had finally started to pick up were Point No Point, Jefferson Head, Bush Point, the west side of Marrowstone Island, Possession Bar, West Point south of Shilshole Bay, Yeomalt Point, Pilot Point, Richmond Beach, Edmonds area and Jefferson Head.

Surprisingly one place that hasn’t produced and usually does is Kingston, but that could change quickly as these fish migrate into Puget Sound. Also look for action to pick up to the south at Allen Bank off Blake Island, Dolphin Point on Vashon Island, Lincoln Park off West Seattle, Brace Point, Southworth and down along both side of Vashon Island heading into August.