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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 7, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Ocean salmon fisheries remain steady for angler with more coho now appearing in catches

The ocean salmon fishery remain steady when the weather cooperates.

At Neah Bay anglers this past week averaged about one fish per rod, and it is about a two-and-a-half to one ratio on coho to chinook.

At La Push angler averaged just over a fish per rod, and they had about two-to-one on chinook.

At Westport is was about 0.75 fish per person, and about a two-to-one ratio on chinook to coho.

Ilwaco saw just under a fish per person with some charter boats actually doing quite well. They too are starting to see more coho than chinook.

“There were some pretty rough days on the ocean, and Sunday it was pretty nasty,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “We’re seeing a chinook average size of 8 to 12 pounds, and I can count on one hand the number of big fish I’ve seen that was over 25 pounds.”

Beeghly was at Ilwaco on Monday, and reported the coho were nice size averaging 6 to7 pounds.

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