After a rocky start to the early June salmon fishery off Westport it looks like anglers this past weekend had started to find good numbers of chinook.
“Starting about Friday the (commercial) trollers and some sportsmen found the fish about 24 to 25 miles north of Westport, and fishing was pretty good,” said Doug Milward, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal salmon resource manager. “Now with that said it seems like a lot of the people didn’t get the memo, and stayed right off the beach (north of Grays Harbor) and found the same results which was tough fishing.”
“It looks like that leading edge of fish are moving south, and they’ve now crossed that Area 2-3 line,” Milward said. “Hopefully that will continue and more are heading south. I heard they are still doing well at Ilwaco too.”
Milward said Butch Smith, owner of Coho Charters in Ilwaco had their limit by 9:30 a.m. today (Monday, June 24) and were heading in with their limit for each of his customers.
“We are starting to see a significant improvement,” Milward said. “Things got better over the weekend, and I know several people who caught chinook on (Westport) charter boats. There was a new derby leading fish of 21 pounds caught by a woman, and that is a pretty nice fish for this time of year.”