Could West Whidbey still be productive?

dibling

Active Member
#1
HI all,

Tomorrow is likely my last day to chase salmon this season and I'm trying to decide where to go. Could West Whidbey still be decent / ok / just good enough to chase some Coho? Or is it too late and I should make a run at some river action? Appreciate any input as this is the first year i've poked at salmon from the beach.

Super secret public beach locations not required.

Thanks in advance,

- Troy
 

CLO

Future WFF Mod
#4
I've been getting skunked out there. My friends having been getting skunked as well.

I have no idea why there are still lots of fish coming out on sekiu according to wdfw creek counts.
 

Cuttbow82

Active Member
#5
My dad and uncle limited on Thursday on coho on the west side of Whidbey, but its been quiet since. We fished yesterday and today - saw a few jumpers, had a few tugs. Dad hooked up about 2 hours ago, but we lost it at the boat. Historically, its not too late. Coho action can be good through october.

I would be careful if you go out in a boat tomorrow. Forecast is for stormy weather with gusts to 50mph in admiraly inlet. If I go out tomorrow, it probably will be at Bush Point.
 

ten80

Active Member
#7
I've heard the essentially the same reports as Cutbow82 from a colleague who fishes the west side 3-4x a week.

Last year the coho were going BANANAS on October 8th off the west side; jupers and finners everywhere. I think we still have a week or two of good fishing, then it will taper.
 

DimeBrite

MA-9 Beach Stalker
#9
We've had a lot more rain in 2013 than in 2012 this summer. Fewer coho are hanging out near the beaches feeding, rather they are rapidly migrating through in small pods now. The beach angler has to put in more time to catch them now.
 

Cuttbow82

Active Member
#10
We've had a lot more rain in 2013 than in 2012 this summer. Fewer coho are hanging out near the beaches feeding, rather they are rapidly migrating through in small pods now. The beach angler has to put in more time to catch them now.
The few coho we saw rolling and jumping off of west whidbey this weekend are consistent with that. They were moving through pretty rapidly - didn't seem to be interested in chasing flies even though I cast in front of a few fish. Did have one jack (or maybe a res) follow almost up to the boat. There were 6 or 7 other boats fishing near us and we did not see a single net come out.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#11
Based on what I saw throughout the sound last week, you'll need to do as Dimebrite mentioned. Put in some time and you can grind out a few.
Big rain events like we had in early September can bring bad coho mojo to us beach anglers.
SF
 
#12
Yeah, it's been slow over our way. It's been a strange year all around. The best fishing was probably early August or there abouts. I'm not sure I saw a single morning where about every rod on the beach was bent like was common last year. I've had to work a lot harder this year and have averaged fewer fish per trip for sure.
 

ten80

Active Member
#13
Heard a good report from a friend trolling off WW today. The bite is back on and I'm stuck behind a desk all week...

I have three beach coho to hand for about 15 trips. Last year I averaged nearly one fish per trip. Very different indeed, yet the coho numbers for boaters have been good. Warmer water this year keeping fish in the deeps?
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#14
Last year was excellent, but each year is different. I think the average fish are slightly larger this year.
I just finished a nine day beach bender at various PS beaches. Fishing was ok, but not sas good as i had hoped for based on the tides.
I ended up going 8 for 14 with three skunk days.
I generally fished 6-8 hours per day, so things weren't easy by any means but I kept my fly in the water and managed to turn up some fish.

Based on the catch numbers in the straits, I think we still have probably a couple more weeks max before Coho Season 2013 ends on the beaches.
SF
 

DimeBrite

MA-9 Beach Stalker
#15
The larger wild silvers seem to be elusive from the beach lately, but the smaller migratory silvers are around. Of course this could change any day now. You just have to fish as many tides as you can before it ends in October.

Early this morning I set up at a good migratory coho ambush location in MA-9 waiting for the big leaping silvers to show up at the tide change. Instead I saw.... leaping jack silvers???? Totally bizarre. I still bagged a decent hen and lost another.
 

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