June 19, 2013 at 10:05 AM
Off-and-on chinook action off south-central and southern coast
The hatchery-marked chinook fishery off Ilwaco has improved, but still remains somewhat spotty at Westport.
“Westport had kind of a slow week, and a few days in between where it was little better,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Overall Westport averaged a third of a fish per person last week.”
The commercial troll fishery success has also dropped off, and had done well the previous week.
“There are no big concentrations of fish around, and people just aren’t finding them consistently,” Beeghly said.
Down off the southern coast at Ilwaco, anglers seem to be having good success.
“Ilwaco did better at 0.70 fish per person, and they were finding some fish,” Beeghly said. “I’m kind of excited about Ilwaco in that they were already running into some coho (which have to be released right now.”
The hatchery-mark rate for chinook is hovering at about 50 percent right now.
“It’s not the 70 percent we saw last year at the same time, but still half the catch is marked,” Beeghly said.
Tony Floor, director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association, has been down at Westport on Monday and Tuesday, and found action to be on the slow side outside of one glory day last Wednesday.
“Out of the 10 days of the early season there has been one hot day,” Floor said. “Some of the charter boats have quit fishing for salmon and have switched back to bottomfishing.”
Floor fished on Monday near the Grays Harbor south jetty,and four hooked and played six fish.
“We released an 18 pounder, and released another 8 pound chinook, and unpinned another 15 pounder,” Floor said. “We also had some other grabs. There is bait around, and most of it is from the mid-depth down to the bottom.”
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