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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 18, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Coastal salmon fishing remains decent, just not as hot as it had been

The king fishing slipped a notch off Westport, but action off Ilwaco to the south and Neah Bay and La Push to the north improved.

At Neah Bay last week 1,531 anglers caught 828 chinook and 567 hatchery coho, and La Push had 248 anglers with 104 chinook and 115 hatchery coho.

“It was close to a fish per boat at Neah Bay, and folks have said it is the best they’ve seen in some years and it has been a phenomenal season so far,” said Scott Barbour, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “There’s a bunch of coho, but a lot of wild (only hatchery coho may be kept) and smaller ones. Salmon fishing (coastwide) is still staying consistent.”

A reminder than the bag limit for chinook at Neah Bay has dropped from two to one daily with a two salmon daily limit.

At Westport this past week, 1,992 anglers caught 1,138 chinook and 458 hatchery coho, and was still mainly a chinook show.

“I was looking at numbers yesterday (Tuesday, July 17) and it did seem at Westport to still average about a fish per person,” Barbour said.

At Ilwaco, 1,182 anglers this past week caught 401 chinook and 735 hatchery coho.

“Coho fishing is starting to pick up Ilwaco,” Barbour said.

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