Chinook catches broke into the triple digits a weekend faster than last season at Buoy 10.
Columbia mouth anglers brought in 115 kings to Washington boat ramps this past Saturday then trumped that on Sunday with 140, the best two-day stretch by sampling data of the year so far.
It also translated out almost perfectly to a ‘Nook a sled, or about one for every three fisherman.
“The early fishing has been pretty good,” reports Buzz Ramsey at Yakima Bait, who was down in the estuary last Friday. “Last week was really good, awfully good.”
While he fished Youngs Bay that day, typically an earlier starting spot, he says fellow fishermen did well in the North Channel.
“That tells me we’ve got decent numbers of fish around,” Ramsey says.
With poor morning tides this week, he thinks action may switch to the afternoon.
Guide Bill Swann (206-755-1204) also reports doing well in recent days trolling below the Astoria-Megler Bridge with fresh cutplug herring behind a chartreuse Fish Flash and using 8 ounces of lead to get 18 to 25 feet down.
By comparison, in 2011 it took until Aug. 20 for a 100-fish haul.
Sampling data from WDFW also shows a total of 378 kings brought in for the season, which began Aug. 1.
Later today and tomorrow should see more info on the fishery come out from WDFW and ODFW.
For more on how to hit it, see the August issue of Northwest Sportsman magazine!