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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 8, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Ocean salmon fishing catch figures

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Ocean salmon fishing by the numbers:

Ilwaco: 2,291 anglers Aug. 29-Sept. 4 (3,376 on Aug. 22-28) caught 55 (943 on Aug. 22-28) chinook and 2,140 (2,308 on Aug. 22-28) hatchery-marked coho for 0.96 fish per rod average (0.02 for chinook and 0.93 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 33,600 hatchery-marked coho (25,493 caught so far this season for 75.9 percent of the total quota) and 7,400 chinook (6,548 caught so far this season for 84.9 percent of total quota).

Westport: 1,100 anglers Aug. 29-Sept. 4 (2,524 on Aug. 22-28) caught 20 (917) chinook and 681 (1,122) hatchery-marked coho, plus 12 pinks for 0.65 fish per rod average (0.02 for chinook and 0.62 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 24,680 hatchery-marked coho (12,073 caught so far this season for 48.6 percent of total quota) and 16,900 chinook (16,736 caught so far this season for 95.1 percent of total quota).

La Push: 212 anglers Aug. 29-Sept. 4 (381 on Aug. 22-28) caught 0 (95) chinook and 176 (243) hatchery-marked coho, plus 30 pinks for 0.97 fish per rod average (0.00 for chinook and 0.83 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 1,700 hatchery-marked coho (1,826 caught so far this season for 71.8 percent of total quota) and 1,350 chinook (1,410 caught so far this season for 100.0 percent of total quota).

Neah Bay: 341 anglers Aug. 29-Sept. 4 (795 Aug. 22-28) caught 3 (128) chinook and 61 (108) hatchery-marked coho, plus 100 pinks for 0.48 fish per rod average (0.01 for chinook and 0.18 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 6,990 hatchery-marked coho (2,962 caught so far this season for 49.5 of total quota) and 3,200 chinook (2,755 caught so far this season for 82.7 of total quota).

Coastwide: 3,944 anglers Aug. 29-Sept. 4 (7,075 Aug. 22-28) caught 78 (2,082) chinook and 3,058 (3,781) hatchery-marked coho, plus 142 pinks for 0.83 fish per rod average (0.202 for chinook and 0.78 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas are 67,200 hatchery-marked coho (42,355 caught so far this season for 63.0 percent of total quota) and 28,900 chinook (27,449 caught so far this season for 91.2 percent of total quota).

Management information on coastal salmon fisheries:

Another change occurred 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.

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon):

The all-species recreational salmon fishery in the area between Cape Falcon, OR and Leadbetter Point, WA opened on June 26 operating under a sub-area quota of 33,600 coho and a sub-area guideline of 7,400 Chinook (revised in-season to 7,710 after a roll-over from the June Chinook fishery). During the week of August 29, a total of 2,140 coho and 55 Chinook were landed. Through Sunday, September 4, 25,493 coho (76% of the sub-area quota) and 6,548 Chinook (85% of the revised sub-area guideline) have been landed. Three total pink have been landed in this area during the season.

Westport:

The all-species recreational salmon fishery in the area between Leadbetter Point and the Queets River opened on June 26 operating under a sub-area quota of 24,860 coho and a sub-area guideline of 16,900 Chinook (revised in-season to 17,600). During the week of August 29, a total of 681coho, 20 Chinook, and 12 pink were landed. Through Sunday, September 4, 12,073 coho (49% of the sub-area quota) and 16,736 Chinook (95% of the revised sub-area guideline) have been landed.

La Push:

The all-species recreational salmon fishery in the area between the Queets River and Cape Alava opened on June 26 operating under a sub-area quota of 1,700 coho (revised in-season to 2,550 following an impact-neutral transfer from the Neah Bay sub-area quota) and a sub-area guideline of 1,350 Chinook (revised in-season to 1,410 ) . During the week of August 29, a total of 176 coho, 0 Chinook, and 30 pink were landed. Through Sunday, September 4, 1,826 coho (72% of the revised sub-area quota) and 1,410 Chinook (100% of the revised sub-area guideline) have been landed.

Neah Bay:

The all-species recreational salmon fishery in the area between Cape Alava and the US-Canada border opened on June 26 operating under a sub-area quota of 6,990 coho (revised in-season to 5,990 following an impact-neutral transfer to the La Push sub-area quota) and a sub-area guideline of 3,200 Chinook (revised in-season to 3,330). During the week of August 29, a total of 61 coho, 3 Chinook, and 100 pink were landed. Through Sunday, September 4, 2,962 coho (50% of the revised sub-area quota) and 2,755 Chinook (83% of the revised sub-area guideline) have been landed.

Beginning Monday, September 5, retention of recreationally-caught chinook was allowed in all ocean catch areas between Cape Falcon, OR and the U.S.-Canada border.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa)

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