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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 25, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Salmon fishing success takes a big step forward along entire coast

It looks like migrating summer salmon have finally arrived off the entire coast with good action reported from Neah Bay south to Ilwaco which was stellar this weekend.

“In Ilwaco it is on fire, and they had almost limit fishing this weekend,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife coastal biologist. “The catch was about half chinook and half coho.”

Up north at Neah Bay the hatchery-marked chinook fishery appears to have gotten off to a good start since it opened Saturday.

“It looked like Neah Bay opened with half-a-fish per person, but I got no data from La Push,” Beeghly said. “In Westport on Sunday the private boats did good for about two-thirds of a fish per person, and the charter boats didn’t do as well for about half a fish per person.”

Beeghly said the charter anglers had mostly coho in their catch while the private boat anglers had mostly chinook.

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