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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 1, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Ocean salmon fishing catch figures

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Ocean salmon fishing by the numbers:

Ilwaco: 3,395 anglers Aug. 22-28 (6,340 on Aug. 15-21) caught 951 (1,779 on Aug. 15-21) chinook and 2,363 (4,154 on Aug. 15-21) hatchery-marked coho for 0.98 fish per rod average (0.28 for chinook and 0.70 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 33,600 hatchery-marked coho (23,408 caught so far this season for 69.7 percent of the total quota) and 7,400 chinook (6,501 caught so far this season for 84.3 percent of total quota).

Westport: 2,524 anglers Aug. 22-28 (2,994 on Aug. 15-21) caught 917 (1,403) chinook and 1,122 (1,459) hatchery-marked coho, plus 405 pinks for 0.97 fish per rod average (0.36 for chinook and 0.44 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 24,680 hatchery-marked coho (11,393 caught so far this season for 45.8 percent of total quota) and 16,900 chinook (16,716 caught so far this season for 95.0 percent of total quota).

La Push: 381 anglers Aug. 22-28 (570 on Aug. 15-21) caught 95 (247) chinook and 243 (409) hatchery-marked coho, plus 187 pinks for 1.38 fish per rod average (0.25 for chinook and 0.64 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 1,700 hatchery-marked coho (1,650 caught so far this season for 97.0 percent of total quota) and 1,350 chinook (1,410 caught so far this season for 100.0 percent of total quota).

Neah Bay: 795 anglers Aug. 22-28 (977 Aug. 15-21) caught 128 (378) chinook and 108 (282) hatchery-marked coho, plus 479 pinks for 0.90 fish per rod average (0.16 for chinook and 0.14 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 6,990 hatchery-marked coho (2,902 caught so far this season for 41.5 of total quota) and 3,200 chinook (2,752 caught so far this season for 82.6 of total quota).

Coastwide: 7,094 anglers Aug. 22-28 (10,881 Aug. 15-21) caught 2,090 (3,808) chinook and 3,836 (6,304) hatchery-marked coho, plus 1,072 pinks for 0.99 fish per rod average (0.29 for chinook and 0.54 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 67,200 hatchery-marked coho (39,352 caught so far this season for 58.6 percent of total quota) and 28,900 chinook (27,379 caught so far this season for 91.0 percent of total quota).

Another change will occur beginning on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 5) when anglers fishing off the coast can once again catch and keep one chinook salmon daily.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 18 in Marine Areas 2 (Westport), 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay), and through Sept. 30 in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco). All four areas are open for salmon fishing seven days a week.

Anglers fishing in all ocean areas can currently catch up to two marked, hatchery coho daily, and those fishing in marine areas 3 and 4 can also catch one additional pink salmon per day. Starting on Labor Day, they will again be able to substitute a chinook for one coho in their daily catch.

(Photos taken by Mark Yuasa)

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