August 21, 2013 at 11:17 AM
Ocean salmon fisheries still going strong at most ports for mostly hatchery coho and some chinook
The ocean salmon fisheries remain one of the top choices as we head into late summer.
“The fishing is going pretty well in Ilwaco, and they had a 1.1 fish per rod average last week, and a decrease in chinook catches but an increase in coho of 0.9,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “It sounds like this week the water has been pretty bad and rough for them at Ilwaco, and we did see a decrease in (hatchery) mark rate for coho this week.”
At Westport, they had a 0.7 hatchery coho per rod average, and 0.4 chinook average last week.
“There is still some good fishing at Westport, and more coho showed up with charter boats almost limiting on coho,” Beeghly said. “In La Push, we saw a 0.8 coho and 0.4 chinook for a 1.2 total average.”
At the northernmost port of Neah Bay, they saw a 0.4 per rod average on chinook and 0.8 on coho. Pinks catches are starting to slow down with a 0.3 per rod average. Effort is also starting dropping off too.
There is a state Fish and Wildlife conference call scheduled on Thursday to discuss about increasing the daily bag limit on chinook in the southern port of Ilwaco.
“We saw some better tuna catches than we had been seeing, but some guys are still not doing well,” Beeghly said. “Tuna catches were ranging from two per person all the way up to 10 fish per person on one private boat we sampled. So what it boils down to is either you’re there on the fish or not. Most boats are still running 40 and 45 miles offshore, and some guys as close in as 30 miles. The Westport charter boats are doing better on tuna.”
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