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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 5, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Salmon and tuna action off the coast remains fairly good

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The good times for salmon and tuna fishing keep on rolling with the gentle swells (well most of the time) off the ocean.

“We had some pretty decent effort for salmon during the holiday weekend, and it’s still more going well,” said Scott Barbour, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

“Ilwaco saw a little less than a fish per rod, although at Westport it doesn’t seem as fast of fishing,” Barbour said. “La Push seems to be the hot spot even though they had some rough weather, and it was also the best place for tuna.”

This past week, 2,579 Ilwaco anglers had 477 chinook and 576 coho; 1,314 Westport anglers caught 332 chinook and 933 coho; 249 La Push anglers caught 68 chinook and 219 coho; and 722 Neah Bay anglers caught 32 chinook and 581 coho.

Salmon fishing at Willapa Bay over the weekend was good during the morning bite along the channel markers, but slowed in the afternoons. Buoy 10 at the Columbia River mouth was good for coho.

Albacore tuna action remains good when anglers are able to get out, although it hasn’t been quite as good as it was earlier.

Tuna success remained best out of La Push, and had slowed somewhat at Ilwaco and Westport.

“I was just going through catch cards for La Push, and some of them showed four people with 80 tuna; three with 36; and three with 15 so they did quite well out of La Push,” Barbour said. “All the tuna boats got some at La Push.”

(Photo by Ryan Nakata who recently fished aboard the charter boat Fury out of Deep Sea Charters at Westport.)

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