Fishing options are blooming all across the state, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca is spot-on for catching salmon.
“The chinook fishing at Sekiu lit up like light bulbs on a Christmas tree, and we got our daily limit (one chinook per angler) easily,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, who fished Monday and Tuesday.
“We fished Eagle Bay and Slip Point in 100 to 125 feet of water, and had 17 chinook to the boat (9 to 12 pounds),” Floor said. “Lots of baitfish schools around Eagle Bay, and if you just worked around the bait it was pretty much automatic to catch fish.”
A check at Olson’s Resort in Sekiu revealed seven boats with 19 anglers last Saturday caught 16 chinook; and six boats with 21 anglers last Sunday caught 19 chinook.
Elsewhere in the Strait, five boats with eight anglers last Sunday at Freshwater Bay ramp caught eight chinook. Other good action has occurred in eastern Strait at Hein Bank, Coyote Bank, Winter Hole off Port Angeles and Protection Island.
The lingcod and black rockfish fisheries off the south-central and southern coast remains excellent with relatively calm seas.
The boat Slammer out of Deep Sea Charters in Westport on Tuesday had a stellar outing with 20 anglers landing 210 black rockfish and 42 lingcod.
Other ports open for lingcod are Ilwaco and La Push.
Another great coastal option has been the very productive coastal razor clam digs, which switch to morning hours (open until noon each day) on Sunday at Twin Harbors; and today and Saturday at Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks.
For details, visit wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html