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WA Ocean Salmon Fishing Report (8-16-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORT IS FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY, WDFW

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 7,052 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 1,667 Chinook and 5,578 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 5,747 Chinook (44% of the area guideline) and 16,581 coho (79% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

 

Westport

 

A total of 4,339 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 796 Chinook and 2,995 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 5,828 Chinook (27% of the area guideline) and 13,766 coho (76% of the revised area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push

A total of 287 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 78 Chinook and 369 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 337 Chinook (14% of the area guideline) and 763 coho (70% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 476 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery August 7-13, landing 273 Chinook and 167 coho.  Through August 13, a cumulative total of 7,116 Chinook (90% of the area guideline) and 2,378 coho (54% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

 

Lower Columbia, Buoy 10, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (8-16-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Eight hundred twenty-six Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10 this past weekend.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 2.24 Chinook and 0.19 coho caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.07 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged 0.47 Chinook and 0.28 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.13 Chinook caught per angler.

A MULKEY SPINNER TROLLED BEHIND A FISH FLASH DURING THE FLOOD TIDE ABOVE THE BRIDGE YIELDED THIS FINE FALL CHINOOK FOR BUZZ RAMSEY. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed two Chinook adults kept for 16 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (five anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one steelhead released for 15 boats (28 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 34 Chinook adults and three Chinook jacks kept, plus one Chinook adult, one Chinook jack and 21 steelhead released for 75 boats (178 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 535 Chinook adults and 29 coho adults kept, plus 129 Chinook, 27 coho and one steelhead released for 297 boats (1,013 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and one steelhead released for five boats (10 anglers); and no shad catch for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed eight Chinook adults kept for one boat (five anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two shad kept, plus 20 shad released for three boats (eight anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed four sublegal and three legal white sturgeon released for two boats (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and seven sublegal, two legal and three oversize white sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed four oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed one walleye kept, plus one walleye released for seven boats (14 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  Weekend checking showed four walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 36 walleye kept for eight boats (14 anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.

New Procedure For Bringing Canadian-side Salmon Back To Sekiu, PA

Biggest misnomer in Northwest salmon fishing this season?

That Sekiu’s closed for coho.

While US waters are indeed off limits in September and October, not so the Canadian side of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, making this über-fishy port a prime jumping-off point for intercepting silvers heading for Puget Sound and southwest British Columbia rivers.

YOU MIGHT SET A COURSE FOR SEKIU AFTER ALL THIS SEASON — RULES HAVE BEEN AMENDED TO MAKE IT EASIER TO LAND STATESIDE WITH SALMON CAUGHT IN CANADIAN WATERS. (NOAA)

Yes, you’ll have to bone up on the brand-spankin’ new rules for bringing fish back from the Great White North’s waters — and yes it’ll be worth it, thanks to a bigger forecast than 2016 when it was “on fire.”

Mark Yuasa, formerly of The Seattle Times, makes his debut in our pages with a September issue piece about heading Strait across for silvers.

“There isn’t a reason to say the town of Sekiu is closed while salmon fishing is thriving in Canada, and it’s so easy for an angler to still get out and fish,” Brandon Mason, owner of Mason’s Olson Resort (olsons-resort.com) in Sekiu, told Yuasa. “By boat it’s a short 7-mile (25- to 30-minute) ride to find some great fishing opportunities.”

In the lead-up to the fishery, WDFW has just issued an emergency rule-change notice that updates how to bring salmon landed in BC back to Sekiu.

To wit:

Amends Canadian-origin salmon transportation rule

Action: Changes the method for obtaining clearance for transporting Canadian-caught salmon into Washington waters from a Canadian phone line to an online form available on WDFW’s website.

Effective Date:  Effective 12:01 a.m., Aug. 16, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon.

Location: Washington marine areas.

Reason for action: Canadian Customs and Border Security regulations related to requirement for obtaining a customs clearance number have recently changed. This regulation is needed to provide an alternate means for persons seeking to possess and/or land Canadian caught fish in Washington waters or ports of call.

Other information: Visit http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/canadian_catch.php to obtain a confirmation code. The form requests basic trip and contact information from the party leader that must be submitted prior to leaving Washington with the intent of fishing for salmon in Canada. The party leader will receive an email from WDFW with your confirmation code.

Information contact: Fish Program: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808; Enforcement Program: Dan Chadwick, 360-249-4628, ex 1253.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools, SW WA Fishing Report (8-8-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (8/5) flight, 105 salmonid boats and 23 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 641 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.52 Chinook and 0.06 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.16 Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.17 steelhead caught per angler.

A HERRING BEHIND A FISH FLASH SERVED UP SUPPER FOR SALT LAKE CITY’S RAMONA PAULSON NEAR BUOY 10. SHE WAS FISHING WITH GUIDE MIKE KELLY. (VIA BUZZ RAMSEY)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed three steelhead released for 18 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 boats (16 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed five Chinook adults kept, plus one Chinook adult and one steelhead released for 37 boats (86 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 138 Chinook adults and 12 coho adults kept, plus 28 Chinook and six coho released for 318 boats (972 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and two steelhead released for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed four sublegal, one legal and one oversize white sturgeon released for four boats (nine anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 28 sublegal, 13 legal and three oversize sturgeon released for five boats (14 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed five walleye kept, plus two walleye released for six boats (11 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  Weekend checking showed four walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 43 walleye kept, plus six walleye released for four boats (eight anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 20 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for seven bank anglers; and 155 walleye kept, plus 52 walleye released for 25 boats (54 anglers).

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Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Above the I-5 Bridge – 26 boats/75 rods kept 26 steelhead and released 26 cutthroats.  84 bank rods kept 19 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 3 adult and 3 jack spring Chinook and 1 cutthroat.  I-5 Bridge downstream – 3 bank and 2 boats/6 rods had no catch.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 224 spring Chinook adults, eight spring Chinook jacks, 12 mini-jacks , 105 summer-run steelhead adults, one fall Chinook adult and two fall Chinook jacks in five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 78 spring Chinook adults and two spring Chinook jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 128 spring Chinook adults and six spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,160 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, August 7. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 58.3 degrees F.
Drano Lake – 4 boats/8 anglers kept 3 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook and released 2 steelhead.  27 boats trolling were observed here last Saturday morning.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam During the first 6 days of the fall sport season on the lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam, we sampled 400 salmonid anglers (including 90 boats) with 4 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 11 steelhead, and no coho.

Effort is relatively light with just over 100 boats and 141 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s flight.

3 (75%) of the adult fall Chinook were kept though anglers may retain any fish.  All of the steelhead were released as required.  6 of the fish were wild, 4 hatchery, and 1 unknown origin.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 30 sturgeon anglers (including 7 boats) with 26 legals released.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 2 walleye anglers (1 boat) had no catch.   Quite a bit of effort in the Camas/Washougal area last Saturday were 18 boats were counted.

Trout

Tacoma Power released 3,700 rainbow trout into Mayfield Lake this past week.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (8-3-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA WATTS, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

On Saturday’s (7/29) flight, 122 salmonid boats and 66 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.89 summer Chinook and 0.89 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.14 summer Chinook and 0.08 steelhead caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.22 summer Chinook and 0.25 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.90 summer Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.01 summer Chinook and 0.23 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.05 steelhead caught per angler.

FUN FISHING OUT AT BUOY 1, ROB BIGNALL OF IT’S ALL GOOD GUIDE SERVICE SHOWS OFF THE GRADE OF CHINOOK COMING INTO THE LOWER COLUMBIA. THIS ONE BIT A HERRING BEHIND A BIG AL’S FISH FLASH IN THE MONEY PATTERN. (VIA JARROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed four steelhead kept, plus one Chinook and 12 steelhead released for 70 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults and four steelhead kept, plus four Chinook and four steelhead released for nine boats (35 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed two Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and one steelhead kept, plus three Chinook adults and two steelhead released for 36 boats (75 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed one steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 37 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekly checking showed six Chinook adults, and six steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult and two steelhead released for 32 boats (73 anglers); and one shad kept for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines): No report.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed three Chinook adults kept, plus six Chinook adults released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed one steelhead released for 10 bank anglers; and no catch for two shad anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two shad kept, plus 20 shad released for three boats (eight anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 67 sublegals, 34 legals and 213 oversize sturgeon released for 10 boats (42 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed one sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed two sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for two bank anglers; and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal, two legal and six oversize sturgeon released for five boats (18 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  Weekly checking showed six walleye kept for one boat (four anglers).

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed 13 walleye kept for eight boats (20 anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 19 walleye released for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 327 walleye kept, plus 176 walleye released for 54 boats (138 anglers).

Last Weekend For Area 9 Kings; Coho, Pink Fishing Only From Shore As Of 7-31

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Marine Area 9 salmon anglers limited to shoreline fishing July 31; Chinook retention closes

Action: Closes Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet) to chinook retention, and restricts salmon anglers to shoreline fishing only.

Effective Date: Effective 12:01 a.m., Monday, July 31, 2017.

AREA 9 ANGLERS OUT FOR COHO LIKE THIS SHINER-PERCH-SNARFING HATCHERY SILVER OR PINKS WILL BE LIMITED TO FISHING FROM THE BEACH ONLY AS OF JULY 31. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Species affected: Chinook salmon.

Location: Puget Sound, Marine Area 9 (Admiralty Inlet Area).

Reason for action: Preliminary estimates through Thursday indicate that anglers had caught 4,642 fish (83 percent) of the chinook quota of 5,599 fish for Marine Area 9.

WDFW anticipates reaching the quota for this fishery by the end of the day Sunday. The changes to the chinook fishery are in compliance with conservation objectives and agreed-to management plans.

In addition, Marine Area 9 will remain open to salmon fishing only from the shoreline. Anglers will not be permitted to fish for salmon from a boat or other floating device starting Monday (July 31).

The reason for this action is to protect expected low runs of wild coho and pink salmon returning to the Skagit and Stillaguamish rivers.

Other information: Beginning July 31, the daily limit will be 2 salmon; chum, chinook and wild coho must be released.

The catch estimates and quotas for Marine Area 9 can be found at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports_plants.html.

For specific regulations, anglers should consult the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Information contact: Ryan Lothrop, (360) 902-2808 or Mark Baltzell, (306) 902-2807.

Washington Coast Salmon Fishing Report (7-26-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORTS ARE FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY OF WDFW (TOP) AND JOHN KEIZER OF SALTPATROL.COM (BOTTOM)

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 2,701 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 281 Chinook and 2,527 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 2,845 Chinook (22% of the area guideline) and 4,330 coho (21% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Westport

A total of 2,587 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 987 Chinook and 2,054 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 2,540 Chinook (12% of the area guideline) and 3,404 coho (22% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

JENN STAHL SHOWS OFF A COHO SHE CAUGHT OUT OF WESTPORT LAST WEEKEND WHILE FISHING WITH JOHN KEIZER. (SALTPATROL.COM)

La Push

A total of 75 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 28 Chinook and 39 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 184 Chinook (7% of the area guideline) and 92 coho (8% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 1,698 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 17-23, landing 1,156 Chinook and 570 coho.  Through July 23, a cumulative total of 5,854 Chinook (74% of the area guideline) and 1,258 coho (29% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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Had a great weekend fishing the Jenn Stahl on Saturday. Jenn caught some kings and coho. The fished have arrived in numbers now and we’re just south of the harbor with most of the fishing taking place just outside the GH buoy. We had great action on a Green Spatterback squid behind a Pro-Flasher and on a Fish Flash and KingFisher spoon. Pro-Cure Bloody Tuna Gel scent worked very well as a scent.

I also had Amercian Idol winner Taylor Hicks on the boat this weekend. Taylor hosts a new show called State Plate which airs on the INSP network. This episode will air in the upcoming season.

Areas 9, 10, Ocean, Westport, San Juans Salmon Fishing Report (7-19-17)

Puget Sound salmon anglers did much better on this past Sunday’s Areas 9 and 10 marked Chinook opener, at least in the northern waters and compared to last year’s start of the fishery.

WDFW hasn’t updated its quota stats yet, but according to daily creel sampling tallies, 615 fishermen came into Everett with 202 kings on Sunday, 187 came into Fort Casey with 129 and 234 arrived at Shilshole with 38.

A RUN NORTH FROM LESS PRODUCTIVE CENTRAL SOUND WATERS ON THE JULY 16 OPENER YIELDED THIS NICE HATCHERY KING AT MIDCHANNEL BANK FOR A HAPPY ANGLER. (CHASE GUNNELL)

On the 2016 openers, 96, 36 and 44 Chinook were checked at those same ramps, or .2 kings per angler for the two northern launches and .16 for the southern.

Kingston, which wasn’t monitored on last year’s opener, recorded 26 for 259 anglers.

After poking around in the morning in more southerly waters without success, angler Chase Gunnell and crew ran up to Midchannel Bank off Port Townsend.

“The bite turned on in the latter half of the tide. Kept two nice kings and released a native. Herring Aide Coho Killer behind a moonjelly flasher pulled in two, green, yellow and white Coho Killer behind a red racer got the other one. All fish right off the bottom in 80 to 100 feet. The fish are out there and making their way south!” he said.

Tom Nelson of 710 ESPN Seattle’s The Outdoor Line reported good fishing on the second day too, and was buoyed by reports of Chinook action to the west in the Straits.

As for salmon fishing elsewhere on Washington’s saltwaters, here are this week’s reports from Wendy Beeghley of WDFW (first), John Keizer of Saltpatrol.com (second) and Kevin Klein of Puget Sound Anglers (third):

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Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 2,006 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 10-16, landing 307 Chinook and 1,463 coho.  Through July 16, a cumulative total of 2,565 Chinook (19% of the area guideline) and 1,804 coho (9% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Westport

A total of 2,239 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 10-16, landing 284 Chinook and 1,053 coho.  Through July 16, a cumulative total of 1,553 Chinook (7% of the area guideline) and 1,350 coho (9% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push

A total of 89 anglers participated in the all species salmon fishery July 10-16, landing 67 Chinook and 28 coho.  Through July 16, a cumulative total of 156 Chinook (6% of the area guideline) and 53 coho (5% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 1,999 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 10-16, landing 2,352 Chinook and 291 coho.  Through July 16, a cumulative total of 4,698 Chinook (60% of the area guideline) and 688 coho (16% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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Fished Westport Sunday with Jerry Henderson. He caught a nice king and I nailed a decent coho just Northwest of the harbor in 280 feet trolling 100 feet on the downrigger.

(JOHN KEIZER, SALTPATROL.COM)

(JOHN KEIZER, SALTPATROL.COM)

Best action for kings came on a Pro-Troll Flasher with a purple haze squid with 6/0 Mustad hooks tied on 50-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon.

(JOHN KEIZER, SALTPATROL.COM)

We found the coho in the upper 20 to 60 feet of water and we did better pulling a Fish Flash and Herring Aide spoon.

(JOHN KEIZER, SALTPATROL.COM)

Tuna fishing is going full on now with local charters running southwest around 50 miles plugging their boats with albacore tuna.

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The Bellingham Puget Sound Angler’s annual salmon derby took place this last weekend. Fishing for hatchery Chinook was anywhere from red hot to ice cold depending on where you were. Kings aren’t all over the Islands right now, but if you land on them, it can be very good fishing. Hoochies, spoons and bait have all been working.

Doug Marr took the $7500 first place prize with a 26.10-pound clipped fish. Alex Davis landed the biggest kid’s division Chinook at 15.42 pounds. The Bellingham Salmon Derby has always been a fun, family friendly event, with proceeds going to a lot of great causes.

Crabbing kicked off on July 15th. It’s been pretty good from most reports. Look for days with soft tides, or drop for a couple hours during a tide change. Dropping pots on a low and letting them soak into the flood can be productive. Our weather has been pretty darn good, and adding some Dungeness into the mix truly makes it feel like summer is here!

Pictures:

(VIA KEVIN KLEIN, PSA)

1. Doug Marr took top prize in the Bellingham Salmon Derby with this 26.10 lb hatchery Chinook. Well done!

(VIA KEVIN KLEIN, PSA)

2. Alex Davis showed up on top of the Kid’s division again with this 15.42 lber. Nice job young man!

(VIA KEVIN KLEIN, PSA)

3. Oliver Marica and family got a crab feed going on the open July 15th. It’s Dungie time!

Washington Coast Salmon Fishing Report (7-12-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORTS ARE FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY OF WDFW (TOP) AND JOHN KEIZER OF SALTPATROL.COM (BOTTOM)

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 1,885 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 770 Chinook and 177 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 2,212 Chinook (17% of the area guideline) and 318 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

“I JUST LOVE HOW THESE OCEAN ‘NOOKS REFUSE TO QUIT!” SAYS JEFF ANDERSON, HERE WITH A RECENT ONE. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Westport

A total of 2,355 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 498 Chinook and 261 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 1,269 Chinook (6% of the area guideline) and 261 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push

A total of 86 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 54 Chinook and 6 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 89 Chinook (4% of the area guideline) and 25 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 1,975 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 1,472 Chinook and 245 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 2,346 Chinook (30% of the area guideline) and 397 coho (9% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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Fished Westport this weekend landed 2 kings and a coho Saturday and one king one coho Sunday pretty slow fishing overall. Top producer for us was a Gold Star Spatter squid behind a Pro-Troll flasher with Bloody Tuna Jell Scent on it. We fished 300 ft of water NW of the harbor best downrigger depth was 110ft. The ocean is full of pink Pyrosome Tunicates. They are a colony of plankton eating clones. They get caught on the downrigger wire and will also trip your rod off the release clip.

THE BANE OF COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN EARLIER IN THE YEAR, RECREATIONAL ANGLERS ARE ALSO FINDING PYROSOMES CLOGGING UP THEIR GEAR. (SALTPATROL.COM)

 

Lake Washington Walleye Outfitted With Acoustic Tags For Study

Fishery biologists with a Seattle-area tribe are capturing a new predator species in Lakes Washington and Sammamish to monitor their movements and whether they cross paths with salmon.

It’s unclear how many of the illegally introduced fish are actually in the system, but concern is building and the Muckleshoot Tribe reports they have “successfully tagged and released multiple walleye” already this year.

STATE FISHERIES BIOLOGIST DANNY GARRETT DISPLAYS A 13-PLUS-POUND WALLEYE HE UNEXPECTEDLY CAUGHT IN 2015 NEAR MERCER ISLAND ON LAKE WASHINGTON. (WDFW)

A request for comment from the tribe had not yet been returned as of this writing, but details of the operation come from the LOAF, or list of agreed-to fisheries that was signed by WDFW and the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission earlier this month as the parties reached an agreement at North of Falcon, and which was posted last week by the state agency.

Besides outlining all the treaty, commercial and recreational salmon fisheries over the coming 12 months, the 105-page document includes the Muckleshoot’s aims and methods for their two-year warmwater species study in the Lake Washington basin.

It builds on the scant information we were able to report earlier this year, when it began.

The tribe says it wants to catch up to 15 walleye to “assess their overlap with migrating juvenile salmonids in addition to locating areas these invasive predators may be targeted in subsequent fisheries.”

Tribal fishers are targeting one of seven zones in Washington and Sammamish at a time, using up to eight 300-foot-long gillnets with 31/2- to 6-inch mesh. The nets fish during the work week and are closely monitored to reduce the possibility of snagging the few if any ESA-listed steelhead in the basin.

Walleye are being implanted with acoustic devices that can be read by receivers stationed around the lakes that are otherwise used to track tagged returning adult Chinook and sockeye and young outmigrating coho.

Overlapping walleye movements with the coho will help model their potential to cross paths with Endangered Species Act-listed Chinook smolts.

The Muckleshoots say their effort “will benefit salmonid management in the Lake Washington basin,” as well as inform researchers on walleye diets and distribution.

Of note, a “second consideration” is to figure out if catch rates on walleye and bass are “high enough to result in an economically viable fishery … Data collected will inform managers of areas and times that a tribal net fishery could be economically viable as well as areas to avoid/target minimizing bycatch and optimizing harvest.”

According to plans, gear, locations and effort may be shared with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with details on any steelhead or Chinook caught, with the test fishery being shut down after a third and fifth of each species is encountered.

The data will add to a 2004-05 Army Corps of Engineers study that looked at movements of acoustically tagged Chinook smolts, smallmouth bass and prickly sculpins.

Walleye first turned up in Lake Washington in 2005, a small male, caught by University of Washington researchers, with anglers catching one or two in following years.

But in 2015, state and tribal biologists caught a dozen, mostly in Lake Washington between Mercer Island and Bellevue, including a 13.5-pound hen that was dripping eggs.

As the species is native to waters east of the Rockies, the only way they could have arrived in the urban lakes is in livewells. The nearest source populations are about 120 miles east on I-90 in the Columbia Basin.

The Lake Washington system supports important tribal and recreational salmon fisheries, though sockeye, which reside in the lake a year before going to sea, have not produced directed seasons for over 10 years, despite a new hatchery. WDFW’s Issaquah Salmon Hatchery produces Chinook and coho.

So far, the Muckleshoots have caught at least one northern pike in Lake Washington, as well as a handful of walleye in Lake Sammamish.

The LOAF also describes a plan to electrofish in spring and fall and gillnet in spring in select areas of Lake Washington and the Ship Canal, the idea being to figure out if removing bass, walleye, perch and other salmon predators can be effective.

One thing’s for sure, if you’re a bass tournament angler fishing nationally ranked Lake Washington, you’d want a map of where those efforts are planned.