Big summer for salmon off Washington coast

Story by Mark Yuasa
The Seattle Times
August 28, 2011
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SEATTLE — This summer’s coastal salmon fishery will go down as one for the memory books with kings up to 50 pounds.

“On Sunday we had two kings that weighed 46-plus pounds (cleaned and gutted), and I lost count of the number between 35 and 45 pounds, but I know there was a pile of them caught,” said Mark Cedergreen, the president of the Westport Charterboat Association.

Among those relishing a crowning moment off Westport was Kevin Lanier, vice president of the Sno-King Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers in Edmonds and his father Danny Stovall of Fairburn, Ga. Lanier fished about 18 miles off the mouth of Grays Harbor in 330 feet of water when they hooked multiple big kings Sunday.

“According to the tape it weighed 53 pounds (44-inch length by 31.5-inch girth),” Lanier said. “We put it on the scale at Westport and it weighed 47 pounds, 10 ounces, and we got another that weighed 38 pounds.”

Stovall was trolling with a downrigger using a whole herring with a Fish Flash, at a depth of 50 feet.

While the big kings are out there in decent numbers, the fishery was so hot off Westport that fisheries officials have reverted to a five-day-a-week fishery (closed Fridays and Saturdays).

“We are frighteningly close to the (chinook) quota, and hope by going to five days a week (it) will slow it down,” said Pat Pattillo, the state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator. “The hope is we can get as much of a season as possible.”

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