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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 11, 2010 at 5:51 PM

Coastal salmon fishing still moving along at a good clip

Here is the lowdown on salmon fishing off the coast, which has been stellar at Westport, fair at Ilwaco, and just so-so at Neah Bay and La Push.

“They (Westport) had a lot of effort (with a 1.3 fish per rod average) last week, and some nice chinook were coming in,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Both Neah Bay and La Push had a 0.8 fish per person average, and the majority of fish caught at La Push were chinook and it was more coho at Neah Bay.”

“It sounded like at Neah Bay they were running quite a ways out into the ocean to find the fish, and it died later on the week and early this week,” Beeghly said.

At Ilwaco the catch was 0.9 fish per rod, and most were coho but still a lot more chinook than in normal years were showing up.

That big mass of chinook staging in the ocean off Ilwaco could bode well for the Buoy-10 fishery at the Columbia River mouth, which has been pitifully slow of late. On Tuesday, 50 Buoy-10 anglers caught two chinook.

Here are the coastal port catches by the numbers:

Ilwaco: 5,332 anglers Aug. 2-8 caught 841 chinook (25.3 percent of the catch quota of 10,600) and 3,442 hatchery coho (30.2 of 37,100). Westport: 4,797 anglers Aug. 2-8 caught 4,997 chinook (54.2 of 28,000) and 1,377 hatchery coho (18.7 of 27,450).

La Push: 538 anglers Aug. 2-8 caught 361 chinook (26.7 of 2,450) and 91 hatchery coho (16.1 of 1,880). Neah Bay: 1,050 anglers Aug. 2-8 caught 349 chinook (35.3 of 5,400) and 503 hatchery coho (31.5 of 7,720).

Coastwide: 11,717 anglers Aug. 2-8 caught 6,549 chinook (43.9 of 46,500) and 5.413 hatchery coho (25.7 of 74,200)

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