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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 31, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Summer coastal salmon fisheries picking up steam

The coastal salmon fisheries are rolling along, and catches have shown marked improvement along with some decent tuna action.

“La Push averaged 1.8 fish per rod, and almost all were Chinook, and when you add in pinks it was just over two fish per person,” said wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “We’re seeing a lot of tuna trips, and most didn’t do great, and varied from zero to 10 fish per person. At Westport we started to see a few more tuna charter trips and it was four to five fish per person.”

At Ilwaco, anglers averaged 1.2 fish per person and most of the catch was hatchery coho. At Westport it was 1.2 fish per rod, and 0.60 were Chinook and 0.40 were hatchery coho along with some pinks.

At Neah Bay they had 0.70 fish per rod without pinks, and most of the catch was split between pinks and hatchery coho. Add in the pinks and Neah Bay anglers averaged 1.3 fish per rod.

 

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