Tony Floor Sort Of Excited About Fall Coho

You’d never guess Tony Floor is excited about coho fishing opportunities around the Northwest this month by the tone of his monthly newsletter, Tony’s Tackle Box — not in a million billion years.

To wit:

… The cutoff date for Ilwaco this year is September 30. For Westport, it’s September 19 and on the north coast, at La Push and Neah Bay, it’s September 18. Do you realize what that means? It means incredible coho salmon fishing, coastwide. It means, in a year like this, coho salmon as big as semi-trucks.

Fishing near the mouth of the Columbia, and in the river per se a week ago, I saw a coho salmon driving a 20-foot Trophy boat! And, it was missing an adipose fin, the result of the fin clipping process at a WDFW salmon hatchery. Somebody get a large hook into that coho!

Sekiu is lights out in mid-September. Good luck finding a room as the town will be plugged with anglers who understand prime time. Sleeping in a tree is always an option.

Finally, I can’t overlook north Puget Sound in mid-September. The Edmonds Coho Salmon Derby (Sept. 11) and the Everett Coho Derby (Sept. 18-19) are great, well attended salmon derbies offering tons of prizes … A coho 20 pounds or better will likely provide the winning angler with a wheel barrel load of cash at both events.

It’s coho salmon fishing time in the Pacific Northwest, hey-now, hey-now. Giddy-up and I’m saddled up to find that big coho behind the wheel of the Trophy boat I saw last week. See you on the water.

There’s more from Floor, who is the fishing affairs director for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, on his blog.

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