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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM

Salmon catches off the coast show good fishing action

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Here is the latest coastal salmon and tuna fishing report from Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Montesano:

“At Neah Bay we saw a catch per angler of 1.5 fish per rod last week, and the vast majority of those were pinks. We did see a few chinook (0.4 fish per rod average) and coho (0.2).”

“At La Push we saw overall 1.4 fish per rod average, and of that it was really equally distribited between pinks, coho and chinook. At Westport we had a crazy busy week. We had a total of 1.7 fish average per person. It was great fishing, and of that it was mostly chinook.”

Beeghly said when the catch reverted back to one chinook in a two salmon daily catch limit the average dropped back to 1.03 per rod.

“Fishing was pretty good at Westport, and it did slow a little this week, and the coho catch was 0.6 per person. The boats were going out as far as 390 feet of water (Tuesday, Aug. 16) to find the chinook.”

“We had a 1.3 average down at Ilwaco, and saw a few more chinook and lot more effort,” Beeghly said. “It usually gets busy in August, and it looks like about 1.0 fish per person for coho, and about third of a chinook per person.”

There was tuna caught this week at Ilwaco, Westport and La Push according to Beeghly.

“The Westport charters are still doing quite well, and they are in the 10 tuna per person range,” Beeghly said. “Ilwaco saw a few charter trips, and they were getting about five tuna per person, and some private boats were doing three per person average. At La Push they weren’t doing so well, and had about one fish per person.”

(Photo courtesy of Westport Charters)

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