Right now the waters from the Strait of Juan de Fuca clear into Puget Sound are shimmering in silver.
That mint bright color comes in the shape of about 880,000 coho salmon, better known as “silvers,” that are now migrating not only in marine areas but clear up into many local river systems.
At Sekiu in the western Strait, many anglers have been scoring limits of two coho daily, and Port Angeles just to the east was also decent, although you can only keep hatchery coho there.
“We saw some big numbers of coho at Sekiu, and lots of wild coho being caught out there,” said Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait, whose samplers checked more than 3,300 fish last week. “The coho aren’t as big as last year and in the 7- to 10-pound range, and a big one is 12 to 13.”
Starting Oct. 1, anglers at Sekiu and Port Angeles can keep two salmon daily, and one may be a chinook.