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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 7, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Ocean salmon fisheries still going strong

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The ocean salmon and tuna fisheries continue to garner plenty of attention as now is the peak migration period.

“In La Push we saw really fishing with a 1.5 fish per person average without pinks, and 1.6 with pinks,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The catch at La Push was almost evenly split between chinook and coho, and we’ve seen a big increase in angler effort.”

At Ilwaco, it was just over one salmon per rod, and about a third of the catch was chinook. At Buoy-10 on the Lower Columbia mouth, chinook and coho fishing has started to pick up.

Off Westport, anglers also saw a fairly good catch with a 1.2 fish per rod average.

“We saw great chinook fishing at Westport early in the week, and then it died down,” Beeghly said.

At Neah Bay it was a 1.2 fish per rod without pinks and 1.7 with pinks, and anglers also saw some really good chinook fishing.

Albacore tuna action off the entire coast remains hit and miss.

“The tuna fishing has been all over the map, and if you find them you’ll get lots,” Beeghly said. “We are seeing tuna trips coastwide all the way up to Neah Bay. Some boats are catching tuna as close as 30 miles offshore and others as far out as 50 miles. Private boat catches have ranged from one fish tuna  per rod all the way up to 10.”

 

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