The coastal salmon fisheries remain fairly good despite some crummy weather along the southern coast.
“Weather was an issue on the southern coast for most of the week except for one day this past weekend,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The catch was quite down due to that bad weather, and at Ilwaco it was 0.1 chinook and 0.4 coho per person. Westport had a catch of 0.2 for chinook and 0.7 for coho.”
The highlight of the past week was La Push where fishing and effort was up.
“La Push saw quite a bit of effort and fishing was quite good with half-a-chinook and 1.1 on coho per person,” Beeghly said. “If you include pinks at La Push it was 1.9 fish per rod.
At Neah Bay, anglers averaged 0.3 chinook per rod, and 0.6 for coho.’
“There are still a good number of pinks at Neah Bay, and if you include them it was 1.2 fish per rod,” Beeghly said.
On the albacore tuna fishing scene it remains the same as it has been for the past couple of weeks with a range of anywhere from zero to 10 fish per person.
“The largest catch from a private boat was eight per person,” Beeghly said. “Boats are still going anywhere from 35 to 50 miles offshore, and most are heading in the 40 mile range. Westport charters did well last week for tuna, but the private guys are still struggling.”
State Fish and Wildlife fisheries managers met Tuesday (Aug. 27) about possibly going to non-select fishing for coho, meaning all coho would be fair game as the entire summer anglers have been allowed to catch just hatchery-marked coho. La Push is also over their chinook catch quota so that will need to be addressed too.
A state fisheries conference call on coastal salmon fishing issues could likely occur in the next couple of days.