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Satsop River Report
Grays Harbor County, WA

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11/10/2011
Casting
Coho Salmon
Silver
Jig
Morning
11/11/2011
3
1051

After such a good day on Wednesday I returned to the Satsop with my buddy and his drift boat on Thursday. We were hoping to catch our limits or some memorable coho. We got there earlier since the bite had shut off rather suddenly around 11 AM and motored upstream to where we had our best fishing the day before. There were two boat trailers in the parking lot and we were worried that someone might set up shop in our favorite spot but it was open. Cool!! My buddy armed himself with a large dick nite in silver and red and I started twitching a hootchie jig. My first cast and I nail a large bright hatchery coho maybe 11 or 12 pounds. As I was landing it my buddy hooks and lands a chrome native around 6-7 lbs. The coho I caught had some parasites in its scales which I understand don't affect the meat but since fishing was red hot I let her go. My buddy was still unhooking his fish when I started fishing again. He let his go because we had caught larger natives the day before. Two casts in and I hook and land a 6 or 7 lb hatchery coho that was a little darker and had some scars from a battle with a seal, I presume. Once again I cut him loose in hopes of larger brighter fish. Five more casts and I land a small chrome native coho.....Wow!! Less than ten casts in and I have landed 3 coho and my buddy has one. Back goes the small native and then the bite shuts down. Uh, oh. Fished a couple more hours and had a couple more fish on and one near the boat but no landings. In retrospect I should have kept the first hatchery fish and the native but then I would have had to stop fishing which wouldn't have been acceptable. I have very little room in my freezer for more fish and plenty of eggs for steelhead season so I was happy. Got home early and got some errands taken care of so all in all a great day with plenty of sunshine and a wide open river. We explored some new areas that looked promising for future trips so hopefully that will pay off.


Comments

Gringo Pescador
11/11/2011 1:01:00 PM
Another quality report! Funny, I've done that many times before, nail all but the last fish for a limit in rapid succession, then C&R because you don't want to quit fishing, but end up not limiting because the bite shuts off before you do. The parasites on the coho - what did they look like, they weren't sea lice were they?
djw0414
11/11/2011 1:58:00 PM
No, not sea lice. They looked like pimples and were attached to the scales. I have read on another board that they are only attached to the scales and don't affect the meat or the overall health of the fish. First time I had seen it.
EAmon ___hoffman123
11/11/2011 7:36:00 PM
You know you can keep one native fish!
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