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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 11, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Bottomfishing season reopens Saturday at three coastal ports

The coastal lingcod fishery is set to open on Saturday (March 12) at Westport, La Push and Ilwaco, but a rough ocean will likely keep most in the harbor.

“They are calling for 12 to 14 foot swells and we had boats booked for fishing, but it just doesn’t look like it will happen,” said Larry Giese, owner of Deep Sea Charters in Westport. “It is typical spring weather and still feels like winter. Once things settle down I have no doubt it will be another good bottomfishing season.”

Last spring I made a trip on Captain Rhett Weber’s boat The Slammer for a trip that allows anglers to catch 10 black rockfish and two lingcod daily.

It was pretty easy limits for all 12 of us on that trip, and that is usually the case on just about every trip in the spring.

Lingcod are very abundant on the south-central coast, but it was less than 10 years ago when they were close to being fished out by a big commercial fishery.

This is a rather easy fishery so beginners will encounter plenty of action. One note of caution is seasickness does happen to some anglers on just about every trip, and crossing the bar can be rough in the spring.

The bottomfishing season runs from March 12 through mid-October. Charter trips are usually eight-hour trips unless limits are caught sooner. Price is $115 to $135. A one-day license costs $10, and anglers who want their fish filleted will pay $6 per limit of rockfish and $4 per lingcod.

For details, go to Westport Charter Boat Association web site.

Neah Bay also reopens April 16 for lingcod fishing.

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