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Fishing report: Saltwater action has been pretty good

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on July 20, 2012 at 10:47 am with No Comments »
July 20, 2012 2:30 pm


As I’m working on the fishing report for Saturday’s paper, here is some of what I’m hearing.

The saltwater action has been pretty good overall, from the ocean to Port Townsend and even off Tacoma.

Ilwaco/Westport: Anglers out of Ilwaco averaged .98 fish per person last week, the best of the season. Coho made up 62 percent of the catch. At Westport, anglers averaged .82 fish a person, with almost 75 percent of the fish caught being chinook, according to a state report. The weather, including high winds, made fishing tough. People are catching albacore tuna about 40 miles out between Wesport and Ilwaco.

North Sound: The fishing off Port Townsend has been fair to good. Look for salmon feeding just off the bottom in water 75-120 feet deep. Coho Killers were effective as the salmon are feeding on candlefish. Try Mid Channel Bank, Point No Point or Possession Bar.

Tacoma: The fishing has been off and on from day to day, but some chinook weighing up to 25 pounds are being caught, said Tom Pollack at Sportco. Some people are pulling plugs, while other are using Point Wilson Darts. Crabbing has been slow to fair with anglers having to weed out a lot of females to to get keeper males.

Skykomish: The fishing is as good as it has been in recent years, with people cathcing plenty of chinook and steelhead. Sidedrifting eggs seems to be the best method. Be sure to get your bait into the soft edges and seams, said Todd Daniels of Tall Tails Guide Service.

Baker: The sockeye fishing has been OK, but no one is catching limits yet, said Mike Chamberlain at Ted’s Sports Center. He said people are finding the fish mid lake this season. Most people are catching 1-4 fish per boat.
Mineral: The fishing has been very good, with plenty of limits being caught, said Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. People are catching brown trout weighing 1-2 ½ pounds using Power Eggs, marshmallows and/or worms. The dock fishing has been a little slower.

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