Editor’s note: The following fishing report comes from John Keizer of SaltPatrol
by John Keizer
Fished Westport WA for the salmon opener this past weekend. Overall for the charter fleet fishing was slow but the boats with downriggers fishing deep did pretty well during the tide change bites. Most of the better fishing came south a few miles of Grays Harbor’s GH Buoy fishing the 120-140ft water.
We had are best action trolling a Yakima Bait Fish Flash with 40-inches of 30lb Seaguar fluorocarbon leader with 4/0-5/0 Mustad thin wire hooks. Bait was herring or anchovies brined in Pro-Cure Bite ‘N Brine Compete in Green. Silver Horde Kingfish spoons were also working quite well.
Best depth on the Scotty downriggers was 100ft. You need to find the little bait pockets near the bottom and stay on them to produce fish. Most of the salmon averaged 10 pounds; our biggest for the weekend was 15.
The early season limit is two hatchery chinook a day.