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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Salmon catches decent off the coast, and more tuna appearing in catches

We gave you the scenario off the southern coastal ports for salmon fishing yesterday, and here’s what I’ve found out that’s happening off the northern coast and the latest word on tuna fishing.

“La Push and Neah Bay saw quite a bit of effort with anglers averaging 0.90 fish per rod this week, and just over half the catch was coho,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

Private and charter boats out of Westport and Ilwaco are heading out to catch tuna about 40 miles offshore. Private boats averaged less than one tuna per rod average while charters got five to eight per rod.

In case you missed it on Monday, Westport anglers averaged close to 0.90 fish per rod, and just a little more than half that catch was made up of chinook.

At Ilwaco the catch per rod average was 0.70, and more hatchery coho appeared outnumbering chinook by a 3-to-1 margin.

Word is swirling that state Fish and Wildlife might open Westport everyday for salmon, where currently it’s open Sundays to Thursdays only. There is a conference call scheduled for Wednesday.

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