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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Salmon and the first schools of albacore tuna showing up in coastal catches

The coastal salmon fisheries have started to heat up at Neah Bay, La Push, Westport and Ilwaco, and albacore tuna have also arrived in fairly decent numbers.

“We started to see some tuna at Ilwaco, and a few pretty successful trips,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “They averaged three to five per person, and we saw some with up to 10 per person. One sample said they were out about 35 miles.”

“We also saw some pretty successful albacore trips out of La Push,” Beeghly said.

On the salmon front, Ilwaco anglers averaged slightly better than one fish per rod, and about one chinook for every for hatchery coho.

“In Westport, we saw 0.90 fish per person last week, and just over half were coho,” Beeghly said. “Some charters going out to about the 180 foot line, and getting coho. It sounds like a lot of private boat guys who were a lot less successful were grinding for chinook off the beach, and not finding coho. And most of the boats are going north a little bit.”

Pinks were also showing up in good numbers off Westport.

At La Push and Neah Bay, it was 1.5 per rod including pinks.

“In La Push if you don’t count pinks we saw a 1.2 fish per person average, and it was exactly even between chinook and coho,” Beeghly said. “At Neah Bay not including pinks it was 0.80 fish per person and little over half were chinook.”

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