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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 5, 2014 at 5:01 PM

More than 1.2-million coho expected to migrate past Washington coast this summer

photoIt has been a busy day on the sport fishing front, and the latest calls for a whopping predicted coho abundance in 2014 that is three times larger than last year.

The Oregon Production Index, which provides ocean coho abundance forecasts, was released Wednesday, Feb. 5 by state fisheries officials.

The forecast calls for 1,213,700 coho to arrive off the Washington coast, compared to a preseason forecast of 716,400 last year, when 445,300 actually returned.

These coho are the bread and butter for coastal and Columbia River fisheries, and just waxes figures since 2009.

The forecast in 2009 called for 1.2 million coho, with an actual return of about 1.05 million in what was deemed as a “wonderful ocean coho fishery season.”

Last year, the ocean sport fishery off the Washington coast had a sport catch hatchery coho quota of 78,760, and has hovered about 80,000 for the past four years.

This should give fisheries managers plenty of wiggle room to create some fairly decent fishing seasons off the coast at the ports of Neah Bay, La Push, Westport and Ilwaco, as well as those headed up the Columbia River.

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