Salmon fishing is still plenty decent on Whidbey

Pink salmon are still running around Whidbey Island, with decent catch numbers reported at nearby public boat launches.

At the Deception Pass North Beach ramp, a total of 135 anglers landed 130 pink salmon and four coho salmon, Sept. 7-8. More than 700 fishers launching from the Everett Public Ramp during the same period caught 549 pink salmon and 493 silver salmon.

Pat McDaniel, vice president of the Puget Sound Anglers club, said salmon fishing was still good on Central Whidbey.

“They’re getting a pretty good amount of pinks and a good amount of silvers,” said McDaniel of fishing at Lagoon Point. “They’re jumping everywhere.

“Everybody wonders how long it’s going to last. Eventually they’re going to go on up the rivers.”

He had a great salmon fishing season himself and smoked 15 pounds of pink salmon last week. McDaniel advised beach anglers to use pink Buzz Bombs. Fishers on boats were successful with a pink mini-squid and white dodger at a slow speed. And to land a silver salmon, he recommended using a flasher with a Coho Killer spoon.

With any lure, McDaniel urged anglers to cover it with “smelly jelly” to cover the scent of a hand.

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