The ocean salmon fishery remains good although effort has started to drop especially on the weekdays.
“At Westport we saw some pretty good fishing when it went to non-select for coho the catch was 1.0 fish per person and before that it was just under a fish per person so there wasn’t much of a difference,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The chinook average was 0.3 per person. The weekend was busy with people at Westport and Ilwaco, but during the weekday there wasn’t much effort.”
At Ilwaco Beeghly says samplers saw a total of about 0.8 fish per person this past week, and still kind of slow overall for 0.3 chinook per rod and 0.5 on coho.
In La Push there was a decrease in effort, but those who showed up found good fishing with a 0.8 coho per rod average, and 0.4 chinook average per person.
At Neah Bay it was 0.6 coho per person and 0.2 for chinook, and the pink catch is almost non-existent now.
Westport and La Push remain the hottest ports for albacore tuna.
“For tuna it looked like the guys out of Westport had a good week, and more consistent numbers in five to six to seven fish range on private boats,” Beeghly said. “Charters are continuing to have some really good trips, and we saw some trips out of La Push where they did well. But not a whole lot tuna wise out of Ilwaco.”
Most boats were going 25 miles all the way out to 50 miles, and most were in the 35 to 40 mile range.