Fishing

Fishing report

▪ Fishing in the North Sound remains strong. Pink salmon will start to be phased out in the next two weeks, while the coho will be increasing.

▪ Crabbing has reopened along the Washington coast, from Point Chealis to Queets River.

▪ Sturgeon fishing has reopened on the Columbia River, while Buoy 10 anglers must release any chinook after record catch rates.

SALT WATER

WESTPORT: Fishing for coho is going well right now, according to Westport Charters, and some chinook also are in the mix. Head north, and fish at about 120 feet.

ILWACO: Anglers can now keep two chinook as part of a two-fish limit. There are enough chinook remaining under the guideline to allow an increase, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

NORTH COAST: Crab fishing has been reopened from Point Chehalis to the Queets River. Crabbing had been closed due to high levels of marine toxins.

NORTH SOUND: Salmon fishing remains strong. Inclement weather last week hindered anglers at times, but things got back to normal when the weather got nicer. Strong reports are coming from beach anglers on Whidey Island, said Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. Coho numbers will begin to escalate and remain strong for the rest of this month. Fishing for pink salmon should be good for the next couple weeks.

LAKES

POTHOLES: Anglers are doing well catching walleye in front of the dunes. The fish ranged from 8 to 15 pounds. People also are having success on the north side of Goose Island.

RIVERS

COLUMBIA: The moratorium on sturgeon fishing has been rescinded. Water temperature that was dangerous to fish has reached safe levels. The fishing areas had been closed since mid-July. Boat anglers did well at the gorge, averaging 2.67 chinook per boat.

BOUY 10: Anglers are now required to release any chinook landed in this area of the Columbia, according to a WDFW press release. This follows record catch rates and angler turnout at the popular location.

TROUTDALE: Walleye angling is very strong.

PUYALLUP: The river has been open about a month now, and anglers continue to catch pinks. A smattering of chinook and coho are starting to show.

CARBON: The Big J’s Outdoor Store fishing derby runs through Sept. 7, and already a few anglers have come through the Orting store to weigh their fish. The pinks showing up in the river have been average size.

YAKIMA: The water has been a little off color due to higher water temperatures. Otherwise, fishing has been very strong with boat anglers doing particularly well.

SNOHOMISH: Fishing has been steady, although anglers battled debris in the water from Saturday’s storm. The water level rose a little and the temperature cooled. Mostly pinks right now along with some coho.

SAMISH: People are landing chinook near Bow Edison.

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