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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 6, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Westport anglers hook into good halibut catches, and other coastal ports opening this week

Halibut action on the south-central coast was very productive especially at places like Westport.

“We saw pretty much (one-halibut daily) limits on charter boats, and it was just like we’ve been seeing in the past few years,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Montesano. “The weather was amazing and water conditions were really nice.”

Beeghly says private boats at Westport averaged about two-thirds to half-a-fish per person.

“So the private boats did pretty good as well,” Beeghly said. “But it was the common picture of anglers either limiting by being in the right place or getting nothing.”

Beeghly says they should have sampling halibut data for Ilwaco in the next day or two.

On the coast, bottomfishing for lingcod and black rockfish also remains excellent, and La Push and Neah Bay open for halibut on Thursday, May 9. A new salmon fishery at Neah Bay and La Push also opens May 10-11 and May 17-18 for hatchery-marked chinook.

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