The latest word off the coast is a very hot tuna fishery while the salmon action remains fair to good mainly for hatchery coho.
“Tuna fishing is red hot, and they’re doing really well especially off Westport 30 to 45 miles south of the harbor,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Boats out of Ilwaco and even La Push also had some successful tuna trips. I saw some private boats with 15 fish per person at Westport.”
The salmon catch at Ilwaco was about a half-a-fish per rod, and just over half the catch was hatchery coho. At Westport it was 0.70 fish per rod, and a few more chinook than coho although Sunday the coho bite ramped up.
“La Push was the salmon hot spot with 1.3 fish per person, and they saw about two thirds of the catch made up of coho, and the rest were chinook,” Beeghly said. “Neah Bay had a 1.1 fish per person average with a few more coho than chinook.”
Beeghly says they have conducted a little bit of creel sampling at Willapa Bay a couple days per week, and saw some kings caught but it had died down this week.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)