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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

King salmon fishing decent coastwide, and Ilwaco turns it up a notch this week

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The ocean continues to be the hotbed for hatchery-marked king salmon fishing, and the only thing holding anglers back has been the weather.

“It was pretty good this week at Ilwaco, and we saw over a fish per person with 500 fish for 400 anglers,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “That is pretty sweet for June in Ilwaco.”

Up the south central coast at Westport, after what started off as hot king fishing, has now become fair to good which is still decent action maybe just not easy two-fish daily limits.

“Overall we saw a just about a fish per angler (0.97 per rod), and early in the week it was super hot, and then it slowed down,” Beeghly said. “Then on Sunday it picked back up for the boats that could get out, and the water has been not so good.”

On the northern coast La Push fish checkers saw just one hatchery king and not much angler effort at all.

“At Neah Bay we saw just over half a fish per person, and 200 anglers for the weekend but weather wasn’t an issue,” Beeghly said. “The chinook coastwide are right around 10 to 12 pounds, which is typical.”

Beeghly says preliminary data from Westport and Ilwaco show a hatchery-mark rate for chinook at about 60 percent. The fish are still in close to shore at places like Westport in water mainly 60 to 100 feet deep.

“The charters have been awfully busy, but they definitely aren’t filling their boats during the weekdays, but on weekends it is pretty busy for both private and charters,” Beeghly said.

(Photo courtesy of the Westport Charterboat Association)

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