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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 3, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Ocean salmon fishery still decent, and some tuna appear in south coast catches

The coastal salmon fisheries are now in full swing, and while the wind howled today it wasn’t enough to totally put a halt to anglers getting on the water.

“Coho fishing is still slow everywhere, but chinook is good,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “We saw about 0.8 chinook average at Westport, and a lot of people are limiting on their one chinook per day.”

The kings are still hanging just outside the mouth of Grays Harbor, although Beeghly says where the fish are hanging each day has been different.

“Some days the boats are going north just off Ocean Shores, and other days it has been better to the south,” Beeghly said.

Neah Bay was the runner-up this week for success with about one chinook caught for every other rod on Sunday, but it the only place where some coho was caught with almost one coho for every other rod.

At Ilwaco it was about one chinook caught for every other rod this past week. At La Push it was 0.2 chinook per person on Sunday, but was better earlier in the week. Coastwide the chinook were averaging 8 to 12 pounds, but Beeghly said they’ve seen a few more bigger one of late.

Three Ilwaco charter boats ventured out for tuna this past week, and customers averaged almost one tuna per rod.

Westport is open for chinook and hatchery coho Sundays to Thursdays, and Ilwaco, Neah Bay and La Push are open daily.

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