Here is what Wendy Beeghly, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon biologist had to say about salmon fishing of late:
“Westport is doing really well on chinook right now,” Beeghly said. “The Columbia River was below forecast for coho and we’re not surprised to see fewer coho, but happy to see all the chinook so far and have had some good catch rates so far this year.”
Neah Bay had 1.86 fish per person, and almost all of it was pinks. They caught over 1,800 pinks last week. So that was pretty good fishing.
La Push had 1.6 fish per person average, and most of the catch was chinook followed by pinks and coho.
“Coho fishing has been slow coastwide expect at Ilwaco,” Beeghly said.
Westport had a 1.1 average, and not a lot of coho, but a lot of chinook. And close to a chinook per rod average, and a few pinks.
Angler effort has gone up at Westport. They are really nice king averaging probably close to 16 pounds and definitely a lot in the 20 pound range as well and they are big meaty fish.
Ilwaco had a 1.3 fish per person average, and about five coho for every chinook. Again the charters were doung well, and it was slow for private boats earlier in the week, but it had picked up for them this week.
Both Ilwaco and Westport charters are salmon fishing out pretty deep in the ocean.
“We saw a big increase in both at Ilwaco and Westport,” Beeghly said.”Westsport charters did well and saw 10 to 20 tuna per person.”
Most of Westport were overnight trips for tuna. llwaco was not quite as good from couple of tuna to three to up to six per person. Ilwaco was more one day trips leaving early in the morning.
(Photo taken by Dennis Yamaguchi and Kirk Calkins at Westport.)