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October 11, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Final ocean salmon fishing catch figures

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Final ocean salmon fishing by the numbers:

Ilwaco: Sport catch quotas were 33,600 hatchery-marked coho (26,688 caught so far this season for 79.4 percent of the total quota) and 7,400 chinook (6,904 caught so far this season for 89.5 percent of total quota).

Westport: Sport catch quotas were 24,680 hatchery-marked coho (13,786 caught this season for 55.5 percent of total quota) and 16,900 chinook (17,172 caught this season for 97.6 percent of total quota).

La Push: 16 anglers Oct. 3-9 caught five chinook and two hatchery-marked coho for 0.44 fish per rod average (0.31 for chinook and 0.12 for hatchery-marked coho). Sport catch quotas were 1,700 hatchery-marked coho (2,041 caught this season for 80.0 percent of total quota) and 1,350 chinook (1,443 caught this season for 102.3 percent of total quota).

Neah Bay: Sport catch quotas were 6,990 hatchery-marked coho (3,042 caught this season for 50.8 of total quota) and 3,200 chinook (2,766 caught this season for 83.1 of total quota).

Management information on coastal salmon fisheries:

Ilwaco (including Oregon)

The all-species recreational salmon fishery in the area between Cape Falcon, ORE. 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). The area closed on its automatic closure date of September 30. During the week of September 26, a total of 4 coho and no chinook were landed. Through September 30, 26,688 coho (79% of the sub-area quota) and 6,904 chinook (90% of the revised sub-area guideline) were landed. Three total pink were 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). The area closed on its automatic closure date of September 18. Through Sunday, September 18, 13,786 coho (56% of the sub-area quota) and 17,172 chinook (98% of the revised sub-area guideline) were 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 ) . The area closed on its automatic closure date of September 18 and reopened September 24 through October 9 for the “late season” fishery. Through Sunday, September 18, 2,041 coho (80% of the revised sub-area quota) and 1,443 hinook (102% of the revised sub-area guideline) were landed. During the week of September 26, a total of 33 coho and 57 chinook were landed, while 2 coho and 5 chinook were landed during the week of October 3. The fishery closed on its automatic closure date of October 9 with a total catch of 35 coho (70% of the sub-area quota) and 62 chinook (12 fish over the sub-area guideline).

(Sub-quotas of 1,700 coho and 1,410 chinook are in effect in Area 3 for the time period June 26 – September 18. Effective September 24, the fishery reopens through October 9, or until attainment of the total area quota of 1,750 coho or 1,400 chinook. Area restrictions are in effect.)

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). The area closed on its automatic closure date of September 18. Through Sunday, September 18, 3,042 coho (51% of the revised sub-area quota) and 2,766 chinook (83% of the revised sub-area guideline) were landed.

(Photo taken by Kevin Lanier, vice president of the Sno-King Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers.)

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