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July 13, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Coastal salmon fishery catches improves dramatically of late

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Ocean salmon fishing by the numbers:

Ilwaco: 1,331 anglers July 4-10 caught 341 chinook and 1,358 hatchery-marked coho for 1.28 fish per rod average (0.26 for chinook and 1.02 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 33,600 hatchery-marked coho (2,454 caught so far this season for 8.5 percent of the total quota) and 7,400 chinook (631 caught so far this season for 7.2 percent of total quota).

Westport: 1,592 anglers July 4-10 caught 654 chinook and 721 hatchery-marked coho, plus 135 pinks for 0.95 fish per rod average (0.41 for chinook and 0.45 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 24,680 hatchery-marked coho (1,430 caught so far this season for 5.8 percent of total quota) and 16,900 chinook (1,370 caught so far this season for 8.1 percent of total quota).

La Push: 228 anglers July 4-10 caught 138 chinook and 161 hatchery-marked coho, plus 63 pinks for 1.59 fish per rod average (0.61 for chinook and 0.71 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 1,700 hatchery-marked coho (311 caught so far this season for 18.3 percent of total quota) and 1,350 chinook (176 caught so far this season for 13.0 percent of total quota).

Neah Bay: 931 anglers July 4-10 caught 215 chinook and 279 hatchery-marked coho, plus 569 pinks for 1.14 fish per rod average (0.23 for chinook and 0.30 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 6,990 hatchery-marked coho (705 caught so far this season for 10.1 of total quota) and 3,200 chinook (400 caught so far this season for 12.5 of total quota).

Coastwide: 4,082 anglers July 4-10 caught 1,348 chinook and 2,519 hatchery-marked coho, plus 767 pinks for 1.14 fish per rod average (0.33 for chinook and 0.62 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 67,200 hatchery-marked coho (4,900 caught so far this season for 7.3 percent of total quota) and 28,900 chinook (2,577 caught so far this season for 8.9 percent of total quota).

(Photo courtesy of the Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce. Caption: Mark Cann of Federal Way with a 24 pound, 14 ounce king caught last weekend, and was the winning daily derby prize fish and Westport’s Catch of the Week.)

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