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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 4, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Coastal salmon fishery catches improving, and chinook limit goes to two daily

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Ocean salmon fishing by the numbers:

Ilwaco: 1,351 anglers July 25-31 caught 127 chinook and 1,375 hatchery-marked coho for 1.11 fish per rod average (0.09 for chinook and 1.02 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 33,600 hatchery-marked coho (6,550 caught so far this season for 19.5 percent of the total quota) and 7,400 chinook (1,108 caught so far this season for 15.0 percent of total quota).

Westport: 2,685 anglers July 25-31 caught 1,938 chinook and 667 hatchery-marked coho, plus 196 pinks for 1.04 fish per rod average (0.72 for chinook and 0.25 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 24,680 hatchery-marked coho (4,714 caught so far this season for 19.0 percent of total quota) and 16,900 chinook (5,944 caught so far this season for 35.2 percent of total quota).

La Push: 374 anglers July 25-31 caught 107 chinook and 78 hatchery-marked coho, plus 119 pinks for 0.81 fish per rod average (0.28 for chinook and 0.21 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 1,700 hatchery-marked coho (621 caught so far this season for 36.5 percent of total quota) and 1,350 chinook (509 caught so far this season for 37.7 percent of total quota).

Neah Bay: 1,446 anglers July 25-31 caught 320 chinook and 312 hatchery-marked coho, plus 1,321 pinks for 1.35 fish per rod average (0.22 for chinook and 0.22 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 6,990 hatchery-marked coho (1,961 caught so far this season for 28.1 of total quota) and 3,200 chinook (1,431 caught so far this season for 44.7 of total quota).

Coastwide: 5,855 anglers July 25-31 caught 2,492 chinook and 2,433 hatchery-marked coho, plus 1,636 pinks for 1.12 fish per rod average (0.43 for chinook and 0.42 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 67,200 hatchery-marked coho (13,846 caught so far this season for 20.6 percent of total quota) and 28,900 chinook (8,992 caught so far this season for 31.1 percent of total quota).

Here are the updated coastal salmon fishing seasons:

Beginning Aug. 7, anglers fishing in ocean waters off of Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport (Marine Area 2) can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in all four ocean areas. Anglers fishing La Push (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) have been allowed to keep two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit since Aug. 1.

All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days a week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas. Anglers fishing Marine Areas 3 and 4 are also allowed one additional pink salmon each day.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 18 in marine areas 2, 3 and 4, and through Sept. 30 in Marine Area 1.

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