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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Coastal salmon catches skyrocket, and first signs of tuna appear off Ilwaco

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The ocean summer salmon fishery remains the hot topic, and success continues to be very good at midweek.

“Ilwaco produced the best fishing on the whole coast with a 1.6 fish per person average,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Ilwaco had about a four-to-one coho to chinook catch ratio. There was lots of coho limits, and some boats were getting back early with their limits.” Just up the coast off Westport, the action remains very good with a 1.4 fish per rod average.

“We’ve had some good days and not so good days at Westport,” Beeghly said. “They had about a 0.5 chinook catch average, and almost 0.9 on coho.”

At La Push, the catch was 1.4 fish per person.

“That was a good increase for La Push, and they saw just a few more chinook than coho,” Beeghly said. “At Neah Bay they had a 0.8 fish per person average, and also better success than they had seen. Neah Bay saw more chinook than coho, and it seems the coho are a long ways out in that area.”

Beeghly also reported the first tuna trips were made out of Ilwaco, and produced some very early-season catches.

“This is super early for tuna,” Beeghly said.

 

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