September 18, 2013 at 1:40 PM
Ocean salmon fishery still going strong at most ports as season winds down
Most of the ocean salmon and albacore tuna fisheries continue to produce decent catches of salmon as the season and effort continues to wind down.
On the southern coast at Ilwaco, salmon fishing remains slow with a 0.1 chinook per rod average and 0.6 on coho.
“I don’t why they aren’t showing up at Ilwaco, but I saw some good catches on the north jetty this week, and it was mostly coho with a few chinook as well,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Usually about the third or fourth week of August the jetty picks up, and it was a little later this year.”
“Westport was pretty good fishing again last week, and we saw just over one coho per angler, and a 0.2 average for Chinook,” Beeghly said. “It seems like fish are moving in closer to the beach.”
At La Push it was almost a salmon per rod although effort really died down with a 0.6 average per rod on hatchery coho and 0.3 on kings.
“A lot of guys went tuna fishing out of La Push, and did pretty well,” Beeghly said. “We saw a number of boats that had an average of seven to eight fish, and that is a lot of tuna per person.”
At Neah Bay, it was 0.7 hatchery coho per rod and 0.1 for kings. The total catch was six kings for 101 anglers.
“Westport charter boats are still doing really well for tuna, and we saw catches of 10 or more per person,” Beeghly said. “The private boat effort for tuna dropped off at Wetsport, but the ones we saw did have tuna about four to five per person. I’m guessing the tuna are moving up north like they normally do in September.
Ilwaco and Westport are open daily through Sept. 30, and La Push and Neah Bay both close after Sunday, Sept. 22. La Push has a late-season bubble salmon fishery from Sept. 28 to Oct. 13.
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