We expect big coho (silvers) in late August and early September – fish in the teens and the occasional rare air of a 20-pounder. Our guests have enjoyed excellent coho (silver) catches since July, yet the 2022 class seemed a wee bit smaller than normal. We began seeing that change this week with the arrival of schools of 8 to 12 pounds and a scattering of fish over 15 pounds. These spectacular fighting salmon take you on long runs and perform wild acrobatic jumps trying to shake the hook. The pace of fishing over the past week has varied – from pretty fast limits to a medium grind that produces excellent numbers by the end of the day. Our guests are still catching kings in an unpredictable pattern. My boat went days without a king, then on August 31 we caught and released nine with a n2 pushing 30 pounds.
You can’t count on kings in early September, but you can’t count them out. Halibut catches remain strong and fast. And, to repeat all the other reports, rockfish are an automatic and lingcod ever possible. The weather over the past week continued the pattern that began in late June – mostly overcast, not overly windy most days, one day of strong wind, and one day of calm sunshine. As we round the bend into the homestretch, we’re facing a windy day Friday, then a stretch of calm, very fishable weather. Perfect for hunting those big late season silvers.