Anglers can keep two Chinook off Westport beginning Aug. 18

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Kirk Calkins and friends with a nice mixed bag of kings and silvers from Westport Saturday morning.

OLYMPIA – Starting Monday, Aug. 18, anglers fishing in ocean waters off Westport can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), La Push (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4).

Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days per week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.

Ron Warren, fisheries policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the previous daily limit of one chinook off Westport was designed to ensure the fishery would remain open the entire season.

“We’ve kept a close eye on the pace of catch in the area,” Warren said. “With sufficient quota remaining, we want to maximize the recreational fishing opportunity through the rest of the season.”

Ocean salmon fisheries are scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2 and through Sept. 21 in marine areas 3 and 4. However, a portion of Marine Area 3 will reopen Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season and will announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/rules_all_saltwater.j .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and catch guidelines, is available in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Tom Weaver with a beautiful Westport king salmon

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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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Coastal Salmon Figures, Quota’s & Catches

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OCEAN RECREATIONAL SALMON FISHERY RESULTS

Coastwide Chinook mark-selective fishery

The Chinook mark-selective recreational fishery is now closed. The fishery operated under a coastwide quota of 8,000 marked Chinook. A total of 8,358 anglers participated in the fishery, and 2,798 Chinook were landed (35% of the quota).

All-Salmon Species Fisheries

The Columbia Ocean Area opened for all salmon species on June 22; the Westport Area opened for all salmon species on June 23. The La Push and Neah Bay Areas opened for all salmon species on June 29. Catch details for each of the areas are described below.

ILWACO

A total of 1,854 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 467 Chinook and 1,927 coho. No pink were landed. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,059 Chinook (31% of the area guideline) and 8,432 coho (23% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

WESTPORT

A total of 2,406 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 1,541 Chinook, 910 coho, and 308 pink. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,910 Chinook (17% of the area guideline) and 3,475 coho (13% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

LA PUSH

A total of 194 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 263 Chinook, 87 coho, and 49 pink. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 758 Chinook (46% of the area guideline) and 495 coho (26% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

NEAH BAY

A total of 1,572 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 565 Chinook, 556 coho, and 966 pink. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,605 Chinook (74% of the area guideline) and 3,316 coho (43% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Washington State Fish and Wildlife Salmon Checks July 8th -14th 2013

The Pinks are Coming!
“It is wall-to-wall pinks and lots of silvers up at Neah Bay, and it hard to get your line down to catch a chinook because you’ll end up nailing a pink or coho,”. “In no time the rest of the Strait will get inundated with pinks.”

Just east off Sekiu, the hatchery king fishing has been just fair at best, but there are increasing numbers of pinks and coho.

“Most of the boats at Sekiu are hanging in close to shore looking for kings, and the pinks are being caught further offshore,”. “I’m sure if they ventured father out they’d get into a lot of pinks. Some of the pinks I’ve seen at Port Angeles are decent size in the 5 pound range.” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife fish checker in the Strait. “We had over 200 pinks checked at Port Angeles and they are catching them right along the shore.”

Don Armeni ramp, West Seattle — July 11: Nine boats with 19 anglers caught two chinook; July 12: 11 boats with 24 anglers caught 44 flounder; July 13: 21 boats with 42 anglers caught two chinook; July 14: 18 boats with 37 anglers caught three coho and one pink.

Eddie Vine ramp, Shilshole Bay — July 12: 11 boats with 19 anglers caught one coho and 15 flounder; July 13: 36 boats with 78 anglers caught 28 coho, one pink and 37 flounder; July 14: 39 boats with 85 anglers caught 12 coho and 37 flounder.

Mukilteo ramp — July 13: Four boats with seven anglers caught no fish.

Everett ramp — July 12: 12 boats with 26 anglers caught 13 flounder; July 13: 47 boats with 101 anglers caught two chinook, four coho and 52 flounder; July 14: 33 boats with 77 anglers caught two chinook.

Manchester ramp — July 8: Five boats with 10 anglers caught four flounder.

Port Orchard ramp — July 8: One boat with three anglers caught no fish; July 12: One boat with two anglers caught no fish.

Glenn Street ramp, Bellingham — July 8: Four boats with 12 anglers caught one chinook; July 12: Two boats with six anglers caught one chinook; July 13: 34 boats with 88 anglers caught 36 chinook and nine pinks; July 14: 26 boats with 79 anglers caught 45 chinook, one coho and one pink.

Cornet Bay ramp, North Whidbey Island — July 8: Seven boats with 15 anglers caught one chinook; July 12: 11 boats with 24 anglers caught nine chinook, seven coho and five pinks; July 13: 17 boats with 48 anglers caught 22 chinook, 32 coho and 30 pinks; July 14: 24 boats with 58 anglers caught 27 chinook, 31 coho and 43 pinks.

Washington Park ramp, Anacortes — July 8: 13 boats with 26 anglers caught four chinook; July 9: Five boats with 10 anglers caught four chinook; July 12: Eight boats with 17 anglers caught four chinook; July 13: 40 boats with 84 anglers caught 15 chinook, seven pinks and one sockeye; July 14: 28 boats with 61 anglers caught five chinook, four coho, 13 pinks and two sockeye.

Olson’s Resort, Sekiu — July 10: 61 boats with 155 anglers caught 66 chinook, 65 coho, 65 pinks and four rockfish; July 11: 57 boats with 127 anglers caught 45 chinook, 51 coho, 53 pinks and six rockfish; July 12: 68 boats with 170 anglers caught 54 chinook, 89 coho and 139 pinks; July 13: 160 boats with 426 anglers caught 132 chinook, 160 coho and 283 pinks; July 14: 69 boats with 190 anglers caught 57 chinook, 63 coho, 87 pinks, 24 rockfish, 16 kelp greenling and four lingcod.

Van Riper’s Resort, Sekiu — July 10: 43 boats with 98 anglers caught 54 chinook, 46 coho and 66 pinks; July 11: 53 boats with 136 anglers caught 85 chinook, 36 coho, 54 pinks, one rockfish and one flounder; July 12: 50 boats with 119 anglers caught 38 chinook, 35 coho, 78 pinks, three rockfish and five lingcod; July 14: 49 boats with 135 anglers caught 41 chinook, 41 coho, 40 pinks and nine rockfish.

Curley’s Straitside Resort, Sekiu — July 10: 16 boats with 37 anglers caught 15 chinook, nine coho and 23 coho; July 12: 16 boats with 43 anglers caught 12 chinook, 11 coho, 27 pinks and four rockfish.

Freshwater Bay ramp — July 13: 39 boats with 59 anglers caught 29 chinook, 29 coho and 16 pinks.

Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles — July 8: Six boats with 11 anglers caught one chinook, three coho and four pinks; July 9: Five boats with 12 anglers caught nine chinook and 12 pinks; July 10: Six boats with 14 anglers caught nine chinook and four pinks; July 11: 12 boats with 29 anglers caught 23 chinook, one coho and 14 pinks; July 12: 56 boats with 104 anglers caught 82 chinook, 11 coho and 117 pinks; July 13: 84 boats with 173 anglers caught 80 chinook, 18 coho and 258 pinks; July 14: 73 boats with 169 anglers caught 72 chinook, 12 coho and 138 pinks.

Port Angeles West ramp — July 9: Three boats with six anglers caught four chinook and three pinks; July 12: 19 boats with 40 anglers caught 14 chinook, five coho and 47 pinks; July 14: 33 boats with 75 anglers caught 23 chinook, two coho and 61 pinks.

John Wayne Marine, Sequim — July 12: Two boats with six anglers caught three chinook.

Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina — July 8: One boat with two anglers caught no fishl July 9: Two boats with six anglers caught no fish; July 13: Five boats with 10 anglers caught three kelp greenling; July 14: Four boats with nine anglers caught one chinook.

Hoodsport shoreline, Hood Canal — July 13: Two anglers caught one pink; July 14: 20 anglers caught four pinks.

Union ramp, Hood Canal — July 13: Two boats with four anglers caught no fish.

Twanoh State Park ramp, Hood Canal — July 12: One boat with two anglers caught no fish.

Skokomish ramp, Hood Canal — July 12: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish; July 13: Four boats with seven anglers caught no fish; July 14: Eight boats with 13 anglers caught one pink.

Redondo Beach ramp — July 10: Five boats with nine anglers caught no fish; July 14: 62 boats with 137 anglers caught three chinook, one coho and 20 flounder.

Narrows Marina and ramp — July 10: One boat with three anglers caught no fish; July 11: Three boats with four anglers caught no fish; July 12: 10 boats with 16 anglers caught one chinook.

Gig Harbor ramp — July 10: Seven boats with 15 anglers caught one chinook; July 11: Five boats with 10 anglers caught one chinook; July 13: 25 boats with 49 anglers caught five chinook and eight flounder.

Point Defiance Park ramp and Boathouse, Tacoma — July 8: 13 boats with 17 anglers caught one chinook; July 9: 10 boats with 17 anglers caught three chinook and 32 flounder; July 10: 18 boats with 30 anglers caught two chinook, one coho and 30 flounder; July 11: 69 boats with 104 anglers caught six chinook and 75 flounder; July 12: 35 boats with 64 anglers caught four chinook and 26 flounder; July 13: 111 boats with 236 anglers caught eight chinook and 165 flounder; July 14: 165 boats with 363 anglers caught 17 chinook, one coho and 95 flounder.

Solo Point ramp south of Tacoma — July 12: Eight boats with 14 anglers caught three flounder.

Luhr Beach ramp — July 12: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish; July 14: 11 boats with 22 anglers caught no fish.

Zittel’s Marina — July 8: Three boats with six anglers caught no fish; July 13: Nine boats with 18 anglers caught no fish; July 14: 13 boats with 24 anglers caught 43 flounder.

Brownsville ramp — July 12: Three boats with five anglers caught no fish.

Boston Harbor Marina — July 8: Five boats with 12 anglers caught no fish.

Olalla ramp — July 10: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish.

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Washington State Fish & Wildlife Salmon Checks July 1st – 7th 2013

Don Armeni ramp, West Seattle — July 5: 11 boats with 21 anglers caught no fish; July 6: 16 boats with 30 anglers caught one chinook and one coho; July 7: 12 boats with 18 anglers caught two coho.

Eddie Vine ramp, Shilshole Bay — July 5: Two boats with five anglers caught no fish; July 6: 14 boats with 29 anglers caught two coho and three flounder; July 7: Eight boats with 15 anglers caught four coho and six flounder.

Mukilteo ramp — July 6: 12 boats with 26 anglers caught 47 flounder; July 7: 10 boats with 31 anglers caught one coho and 124 flounder.

Everett ramp — July 2: Four boats with eight anglers caught one coho; July 6: 38 boats with 93 anglers caught five coho and 82 flounder; July 7: 28 boats with 52 anglers caught one chinook, one coho and 38 flounder.

Manchester ramp — July 2: Two boats with four anglers caught 73 flounder; July 7: Six boats with eight anglers caught one chinook, two flounder and 40 herring.

Edmonds Marina — July 6: Seven boats with 14 anglers caught no fish.

Port Orchard ramp — July 1: Seven boats with 13 anglers caught one chinook and 11 flounder; July 2: One boat with one angler caught no fish; July 6: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish; July 7: Nine boats with 16 anglers caught two chinook and five flounder.

Blaine ramp — July 1: Three boats with seven anglers caught one chinook; July 3: Two boats with two anglers caught one chinook; July 6: Five boats with 12 anglers caught no fish; July 7: Three boats with nine anglers caught two chinook.

Glenn Street ramp, Bellingham — July 1: 23 boats with 63 anglers caught 11 chinook; July 6: 28 boats with 74 anglers caught 23 chinook; July 7: 24 boats with 64 anglers caught 19 chinook and one pink..

Cornet Bay ramp, North Whidbey Island — July 1: Nine boats with 17 anglers caught five chinook and one pink; July 2: Nine boats with 18 anglers caught no fish; July 6: 23 boats with 61 anglers caught 27 chinook; July 7: 18 boats with 41 anglers caught 14 chinook.

Swinomish Channel ramp — July 1: Four boats with nine anglers caught no fish; July 6: Seven boats with 16 anglers caught four chinook.

Washington Park ramp, Anacortes — July 1: 52 boats with 123 anglers caught 42 chinook and one coho; July 6: 21 boats with 55 anglers caught seven chinook; July 7: 12 boats with 29 anglers caught eight chinook.

Olson’s Resort, Sekiu — July 1: 82 boats with 186 anglers caught 38 chinook, 28 coho and 17 rockfish; July 2: 94 boats with 230 anglers caught 42 chinook, 32 coho and three rockfish; July 5: 76 boats with 191 anglers caught 104 chinook, 36 coho, 28 pinks, 15 rockfish and one lingcod; July 6: 91 boats with 253 anglers caught 145 chinook, 78 coho, 63 pinks and one rockfish; July 7: 67 boats with 163 anglers caught 93 chinook, 59 coho, 25 pinks, five rockfish, one kelp greenling, two lingcod and one Pacific cod.

Van Riper’s Resort, Sekiu — July 2: 39 boats with 86 anglers caught 18 chinook, five coho and 18 rockfish; July 7: 36 boats with 95 anglers caught 49 chinoo, 32 coho, seven pinks and nine rockfish.

Curley’s Straitside Resort, Sekiu — July 5: 24 boats with 67 anglers caught 53 chinook and four coho; July 6: 25 boats with 59 anglers caught 19 chinook, 11 coho and one pink; July 7: 16 boats with 42 anglers caught 23 chinook, six coho, six pinks and seven rockfish.

Here are the results from the Olson’s Resort 80th Anniversary Salmon Fishing Derby held last Saturday, July 6, where more than 300 tickets were sold and anglers found good fishing.

The largest chinook was caught by Eldon Shofstal of Port Angeles and weighed 20.4 pounds and earned him $4,000. Second place was Eric Turnquist of Bremerton with a 20.2 pound king and he took home $1,300,and third was Rick Felkins of Port Angeles with a 20.1 pound king than paid off $500.

Corey Anson, caught the largest coho weighing 7.3 pounds and worth $2,000. The largest pink was caught by James Ryan of Shelton and weighed 5.4 pounds and earned him $1,100.

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Sekui Salmon Derby Winner Eldon Shofstal

Freshwater Bay ramp — July 2: 13 boats with 22 anglers caught 15 chinook and one kelp greenling; July 5: 25 boats with 47 anglers caught 28 chinook, three coho, three pinks and two kelp greenling; July 7: 35 boats with 62 anglers caught 18 chinook, nine coho, six pinks and two kelp greenling.

Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles — July 1: 28 boats with 61 anglers caught 44 chinook and one coho; July 2: 17 boats with 34 anglers caught 28 chinook; July 3: 27 boats with 50 anglers caught 44 chinook, one coho and one pink; July 5: 59 boats with 116 anglers caught 65 chinook, five coho and 14 pinks; July 6: 88 boats with 194 anglers caught 71 chinook, 16 coho and 137 pinks; July 7: 65 boats with 146 anglers caught 28 chinook, eight coho and 151 pinks.

Port Angeles West ramp — July 1: 25 boats with 56 anglers caught 57 chinook and one coho; July 2: Five boats with 11 anglers caught five chinook and one flounder; July 6: 43 boats with 105 anglers caught 21 chinook, 12 coho and 101 pinks.

Skokomish ramp, Hood Canal — July 1: Four boats with five anglers caught no fish; July 6: Three boats with six anglers caught no fish; July 7: One boat with one angler caught no fish.

Redondo Beach ramp — July 1: 40 boats with 84 anglers caught 149 flounder; July 6: 36 boats with 80 anglers caught three chinook and 61 flounder.

Narrows Marina — July 6: One boat with three anglers caught no fish.

Gig Harbor ramp — July 6: 11 boats with 23 anglers caught two chinook.

Point Defiance Park ramp and Boathouse, Tacoma — July 1: 54 boats with 111 anglers caught five chinook, one coho, 103 flounder and one kelp greenling; July 2: Six boats with 13 anglers caught 26 flounder; July 5: 101 boats with 195 anglers caught 14 chinook and 188 flounder; July 6: 153 boats with 305 anglers caught 13 chinook, 168 flounder and 12 herring; July 7: 13 boats with 24 anglers caught five chinook and 60 flounder.

Luhr Beach ramp — July 1: 10 boats with 17 anglers caught no fish; July 3: Two boats with four anglers caught no fish; July 6: Five boats with nine anglers caught no fish.

Zittel’s Marina — July 2: Four boats with seven anglers caught no fish; July 7: Eight boats with 17 anglers caught no fish.

Fox Island ramp — July 6: Three boats with five anglers caught no fish.

2013 Coastal Ocean Salmon Fishing Sizzling!

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Frankie B. at Sekui today with one of four fin-clipped Chinook’s to limit the boat out!
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Fishing sizzles in July for salmon, steelhead, crab, trout, other gamefish.

Summer fishing seasons are now in full swing, requiring anglers to make some tough decisions about how to spend their time on the water. Salmon, steelhead, crab, trout, bass and walleye – all are now available for harvest in various waters around the state.

But for thousands of anglers, nothing beats the thrill of reeling in a big chinook salmon. Many are doing just that as waves of chinook move south along the Washington coast, then east into Puget Sound, coastal streams and the Columbia River.

“Fishing for both chinook salmon and hatchery coho should improve off the coast right through the month,” said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “The same is true for Puget Sound and other inside waters.”

Six marine areas of Puget Sound open to salmon fishing July 1, joining other salmon fisheries already in progress. Various westside rivers, including the Bogacheil, Calawah and Nisqually, also open for salmon fishing that day, and Baker Lake in Whatcom County opens for sockeye salmon July 10.

Summer steelhead are another option – notably in Columbia River and many of its tributaries – where 339,200 adult fish are expected to move upriver in the coming weeks. As always, anglers are required to release any wild, unmarked steelhead they intercept in the fishery, which extends from the mouth of the Columbia to the Canadian Border.

Rather catch some crab? All but one marine area in Puget Sound will open for crab fishing July 1. The exception is Marine Area 7, where the crab fishery opens July 15 in the area’s southern portion (San Juan Islands/Bellingham) and Aug. 15 in the northern portion (Gulf of Georgia).

Crab fishing has been hot so far! Opening day we had 18 keepers in one pot out of Potlach state park on Hoods Canal. Also, on 7/4 two boats with five on one and 3 on the other amounted to 8 limits in 1 hour in the South Sound.

The crab fishery in all marine areas of Puget Sound will be open Thursday through Monday of each week. The season will get under way with a one-day opening (July 1), and will be closed July 2-3 before reopening on its regular weekly schedule Thursday, July 4.

Here are the numbers for the 2013 coastal salmon fishery as of July 4, 2013 updated.

ILWACO

June 22-23: 968 anglers caught 715 Chinook for 0.74 fish per rod, and 809 hatchery coho for 0.84 fish per rod and 1.57 total per rod average; and June 24-30: 2,364 anglers caught 683 Chinook (14.1 percent of Chinook quota of 9,900) for 0.29 fish per rod, and 2,607 hatchery coho (9.1 percent of the hatchery coho quota of 37,380) for 1.10 fish per rod and 1.39 total per rod average.

WESTPORT

June 23: 694 anglers caught 215 Chinook for 0.31 fish per rod, and 173 hatchery coho for 0.25 fish per rod and 0.56 total per rod average; and June 24-30: 899 anglers caught 274 Chinook (2.1 percent of Chinook quota of 23,500) for 0.30 fish per rod, and 202 hatchery coho (1.4 percent of the hatchery coho quota of 27,660) for 0.22 fish per rod and 0.53 total per rod average.

LA PUSH

June 29-30: 123 anglers caught 64 Chinook (3.9 percent of Chinook quota of 1,650) for 0.52 fish per rod, and 55 hatchery coho (2.9 percent of the hatchery coho quota of 1,890) for 0.45 fish per rod and 0.99 total per rod average.

NEAH BAY

June 29-30: 887 anglers caught 342 Chinook (7.0 percent of Chinook quota of 4,900) for 0.39 fish per rod, and 218 hatchery coho (2.8 percent of the hatchery coho quota of 7,780) for 0.25 fish per rod and 0.66 total per rod average.

COASTWIDE HATCHERY CHINOOK FISHERY

May 10-11: 629 anglers caught 72 hatchery chinook for 0.11 fish per rod average (0.9 percent of the total catch quota); May 17-18: 347 anglers caught 136 hatchery chinook for 0.18 fish per rod average (1.7 percent of the total catch quota); June 8-9: 762 anglers caught 208 chinook; June 10-16: 3,511 anglers caught 1,272 for 0.36 fish per rod average (20.2 percent of the total catch quota); June 17-23: 2,648 anglers caught 1,082 Chinook for 0.41 fish per rod average (33.7 percent of the total catch quota); June 24-28: 460 anglers caught 101 Chinook for 0.22 fish per rod average (35.0 percent of the total catch quota).

COASTWIDE ALL-SPECIES SALMON FISHERY

June 22-23: 1,662 anglers caught 929 Chinook (2.3 percent of Chinook quota of 40,000) for 0.56 fish per rod, and 982 hatchery coho (1.3 percent of the hatchery coho quota of 74,760) for 0.59 fish per rod and 1.15 total per rod average;

June 24-30: 4,273 anglers caught 1,363 Chinook (5.7 percent of Chinook quota of 40,000) for 0.32 fish per rod, and 3,082 hatchery coho (5.4 percent of the hatchery coho quota of 74,760) for 0.72 fish per rod and 1.05 total per rod average.

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2013 South King County PSA Salmon Derby

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Monster 225-pound Halibut caught 5/30/2013 Straights of Juan de Fuca

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After a 30- to 45-minute battle, Woody Woods managed to get the monster halibut up to the boat. It was 75 inches long and was estimated to weigh 225 pounds.

By Mark Yuasa
Seattle Times staff reporter

The halibut fishery in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca ended Friday on a high note for three Everett anglers.

Woody Woods, 71, and his two fishing partners, Ted Measor and Pat Vaughn, were fishing the deep waters off Dungeness Spit just west of Sequim. The three anglers had already hooked two nice halibut.

At about 11 a.m., Woods, who was fishing in 430 feet near the yellow buoy off the Spit, hooked into something giant.

“I thought it was a rock (on the bottom) but a rock doesn’t take out line,” said Woods, who used salmon and tuna bellies for bait with a 32-ounce lead weight.

“I got the fish up to about 100 feet and then it took off, and I tugged and cranked, and tugged and cranked,” Woods said.

After a 30- to 45-minute battle, Woods managed to get the monster halibut up to the boat. It was 75 inches long and had a 12-inch thick belly. Its estimated weight was 225 pounds.

“It was a team effort, and I was glad to see the fish and get it inside the boat,” Woods said. “It was a great day.”

Woods’ fish bested the other huge halibut caught May 3 in the eastern Strait by Ryley Fee of Woodinville — that one weighed 180 pounds.

The eastern Strait, La Push, Neah Bay, San Juan Islands, eastside of Whidbey Island, northern Puget Sound and central Puget Sound are now closed for halibut. The only ocean area still open for halibut is the southern coast off Ilwaco, where fishing is allowed Fridays to Sundays only.

The Washington state Halibut record is 288.0 lbs by Vic Stevens and was caught on the Swiftsure Bank out of Neah Bay on September 9, 1989

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