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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Fisheries manager gives his take on Neah Bay salmon fishing

Steve Thiesfeld, the state Fish and Wildlife Puget Sound recreation salmon manager got a chance to break away from his Olympia office to actually try and catch a salmon and boy did he ever.

During the Fourth of July weekend, Thiesfeld and his group headed to Neah Bay, and while the king action was off and on, the coho and pinks were thick.

“It was either we were in the chinook or not, but there was also days when we limited,” Thiesfeld said. “There are plenty of pinks around and we targeteed them a little bit on the first day. We simply got tired of catching them and wanted to go elsewhere, otherwise we could have easily caught out bonus pink limits.”

“The coho were a nuisance in my opinion,” said Thiesfeld. “We tried to fish bait (on Sunday, July 7) and we weren’t going to present our bait to the chinook because the coho were getting to them as fast as we could we get down.”

Thiesfeld says it wasn’t crowded at Neah Bay, and they never waited in line to launch the boat.

“The weather forecast wasn’t that good and that might have kept some folks from heading out there,” Thiesfeld said. “I’d also rate the fishing at Sekiu as solid, and Port Angeles was very good.”

“It was blast,” he exclaimed.

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