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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 18, 2010 at 5:17 PM

Ocean salmon fishery remains good from all points north to south

The coastal salmon fishery remains the highlight, although an easterly wind pushed down the catches off Westport which had been on fire.

“Westport was really good at the opening of the week and then it was dead on Saturday and Sunday with just under a fish per boat (compared to 1.33 fish per rod the week before),” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

At Ilwaco, both the ocean and the Buoy-10 fishery gained steam this week.

Oregon Fish and Wildlife checked about half a salmon per rod on Monday and Tuesday.

At Ilwaco in the ocean anglers averaged 0.9 fish per rod last week, and it was about one chinook for every three coho caught.

At La Push they averaged 0.7 fish per person, and for the first time this season they had more coho in the catch than chinook (almost a 2 to 1 ratio).

At Neah Bay it was the exact opposite with more chinook than coho (almost 2 to 1 ratio) and a 0.9 fish per person.

Here are the coastal port catches by the numbers:

Ilwaco: 5,467 anglers Aug. 9-15 caught1,327 chinook (37.7 percent of the catch quota of 10,600) and 3,324 hatchery coho (35.6 of 37,100). Westport: 3,946 anglers Aug. 9-15 caught 3,253 chinook (65.8 of 28,000) and 659 hatchery coho (23.3 of 27,450).

La Push: 506 anglers Aug. 9-15 caught 136 chinook (32.2 of 2,450) and 203 hatchery coho (29.8 of 1,880). Neah Bay: 1,052 anglers Aug. 9-15 caught 610 chinook (46.6 of 5,400) and 347 hatchery coho (39.8 of 7,720).

Coastwide: 10,971 anglers Aug. 9-15 caught 5,325 chinook (55.3 of 46,500) and 4,533 hatchery coho (31.8 of 74,200).

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