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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 27, 2011 at 11:00 AM

Westport kings and hatchery coho on the bite, but trolling seems to be the preferred method

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Just got an updated salmon fishing report from Westport, and it sounds like the private boats in the know are knocking them dead while the charter boats are not faring as well.

“The fish have been here all week, and the charter reports are a lot softer compared to the private boats,” said Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association in Seattle.

Floor and two friends fished in front of the casino off Ocean Shores in 60 feet of water on Sunday and were done by 9:30 a.m. They landed six kings and three coho. The biggest king weighed 22 pounds along with a pair of 18 pound kings, and the coho weren’t very big.

“The mooching technique (where charters drift with the current and wind) can’t compete with the trollers,” Floor said. “We had 17 pulls of line out trolling with divers and a whole (or cut-plug) herring and the kings are gobbling it up. I looks like if you cover more ground trolling and get the bait spinning is what these fish are going after right now. I have never seen that before.”

Ilwaco is open daily now through Sept. 30 for all chinook and hatchery-marked coho. The season could close sooner if the quotas are attained.

Westport is open Sundays through Thursdays only now through Sept. 18 for all chinook and hatchery-marked coho. The season could close sooner if the quotas are attained.

La Push and Neah Bay are open now through Sept. 18 for all chinook and hatchery-marked coho. The season could close sooner if the quotas are attained.

Check the regulation pamphlet for specific daily limits, and other specific rules.

(Photo taken by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)

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