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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Coastal salmon fisheries winding down, but Westport still in the spotlight

The coastal salmon fishery in the ocean is winding down, but two areas still getting the attention of many is Westport and Grays Harbor.

“Still seeing some good effort at Westport, and they had a 1.1 fish per person average, which most was coho and a few chinook,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The Westport charters are still getting tuna with a one, two to three tuna per rod average.”

At Ilwaco, anglers this past week averaged 0.5 salmon per rod, and most were coho.

“La Push had a catch of 1.6 fish per person, and it was very successful with almost all the catch being coho and we saw about 22 chinook total,” Beeghly said.

Up north at Neah Bay anglers averaged 0.6 fish per rod with most being coho, and Beeghly says they saw only two chinook in the catch during the entire week.

Westport, La Push and Neah Bay are open daily for salmon until Sept. 23, and Ilwaco is open until Sept. 30.

The Grays Harbor salmon opener on Sunday saw a mixed bag of results with some saying fishing was poor but the overall success seemed to be slightly better.

“We did a Grays Harbor check at the Westport ramp on Sunday, and saw 50 fish for about 125 anglers,” Beeghly said. “It was just half and half chinook and coho. It was slow, but for a bay fishery that (catch per unit effort) wasn’t too bad. It was a zoo in the harbor with a lot of effort at the ramps at 28th Street, Johns River and Westport as well.”

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