Fall Chinook fishing with Big Dave Manners of the Wilson River Lodge!


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.


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 Columbia River Sockeye Season 7/1

For 2013, a total of 180,500 sockeye are predicted to return to the Columbia River basin, less than half of last year’s forecast. As of June 28th there have been 109,645 Sockeye Salmon gone through the Bonneville Dam counting station. So, needless to say sometimes predictions are wrong.

Sockeye will be fair game in the upper Columbia River and some a portion of the Okanogan starting Monday, July 1st according to this anouncement posted today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife:

Action: Allow retention of sockeye salmon from Priest Rapids Dam upstream to Chief Joseph Dam, including a portion of the lower Okanogan River

Effective dates and locations:

  • July 1, 2013 until further notice from Priest Rapids Dam to Wells Dam
  • July 16, 2013 until further notice from Wells Dam to Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster
  • July 1, 2013 until further notice from Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam
  • July 1, 2013 until further notice from mouth of Okanogan River upstream to the first Highway 97 Bridge

Recent estimates of Okanogan sockeye are predicted to be adequate to allow for an anticipated low level (3,000-4,000) of angler harvest.

Other angler information:

  • Daily limit six (6) salmon.
  • No more than (2) adult hatchery chinook salmon and two (2) adult sockeye salmon may be retained in daily limit.
  • Minimum size for adult chinook salmon is 24 inches.
  • Minimum size for adult sockeye salmon is 12 inches.
  • Anglers must stop fishing once adult salmon limit has been harvested.
  • Barbless hooks required, bait is allowed.
  • Anglers may fish with two poles with two pole endorsement.
  • Anglers are reminded that salmon with floy tags and/or one or more holes (round, approximately ¼” in diameter) punched in the tail must be released.
  • Anglers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement (CRSSE).


2013 Lake Washington Sockeye Season?

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Best numbers in 10 years to date, lets keep our fingers crossed for our sport season!

Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Sockeye Salmon Counts

Total for June 2013: 98,428

……. Daily Counts……Total Count


7/17…. 1,706…………..165,302

Lake Washington sockeye salmon have been counted each year since 1972 as they enter freshwater at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) counted the sockeye from 1972 through 1992, and currently Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and WDFW staffs conduct the counts cooperatively. Although small numbers of sockeye enter the system in May and early June, the period from the second week of June through the end of July is the standard counting interval used to determine if there are sufficient sockeye to open fishing seasons. Sockeye counts begin on June 12th each year to provide consistent data from year to year. The sockeye are sample counted daily during set time periods as they pass through both the locks and the fishway, and the counts are converted into a daily total number of fish passing upstream. In early July, State and Tribal managers begin to make weekly projections of the expected total run size based on the current total counts. When the co-managers believe that the total run size includes sufficient surplus fish above the escapement goal of 350,000 sockeye, sport and Tribal fishing seasons will be opened.

2013 Pre-season Sockeye Forecast

The pre-season forecast for the 2013 sockeye return is about 96,866. The estimate is based primarily upon fry production from the spawners in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Since lake and marine survival rates are highly variable from year to year, the actual return to Lake Washington could be higher or lower than 96,866.

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New Cedar River hatchery could help revive recreational sockeye fishery on Lake Washington

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The last time Lake Washington was open for sockeye fishing was the summer of 2006, when 470,000 fish returned, allowing sport-fishers and tribes to harvest about 60,000 each. Last summer, 144,989 sockeye were counted at the Ballard Locks, more than three times the pre-season forecast of sockeye expected to return to Lake Washington.
There were 19 million sockeye eggs taken this fall for the new Cedar River hatchery that began operating in September 2011, he said. The hatchery was built by the City of Seattle as compensation for denying sockeye access to the river above the city’s Landsburg water supply diversion dam.

Seattle has agreed with the federal government, state and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe to produce 34 million sockeye fry whenever there is enough broodstock to make this possible.

We need about 38 million eggs to get 34 million fry because of some mortality during hatchery incubation,This year we got about half the eggs Seattle needs to meet its obligation with about 13 million or more hatchery fry expected to reach the mouth of the Cedar by April.

The other half of the 2013 production equation is made up of sockeye fry produced by wild or natural-origin sockeye spawning in river.

Because there have not yet been significant floods that damage sockeye redds where eggs are incubating, there is the potential for 20 million or more natural-origin fry entering Lake Washington by early spring.

Combined with hatchery fry entering the lake, we could be close to the 35 million total fry that historical data suggests would give us a 50 percent chance of a fishery in 2016. That is a big deal. However, remember the flood gauntlet has another three months to go.

At issue, however, are broodstock collection and hatchery fry release decisions made by Seattle Public Utilities These elements are being debated by the Adaptive Management Work Group that advises the utility on the hatchery program.

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State record: The record sockeye caught in freshwater was a 10.63-pound fish landed by Gary Krasselt on Lake Washington on July 20, 1982.


2013 South King County PSA Salmon Derby

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Willipa Bay Area Map

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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



Washington’s First Annual Humpy Derby!