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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Coastal salmon fishing still off the charts good especially at Ilwaco

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The ocean salmon fishery is by far the most consistent location for kings and hatchery coho at midweek with anglers scoring two-fish limits or near limits.

“Ilwaco had the best fishing on the coast (for the third week in a row) with a 1.7 salmon catch average per person,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “A larger proportion of the catch is coho with a ratio of nine-to-one. The coho are getting bigger (5 to 6 pounds) and big is 8 pounds, but it is early July still and they haven’t reached their peak weight.”

At Westport, anglers averaged 1.4 fish per rod, and a majority of the catch was kings than hatchery coho.

“It was pretty similar (at Westport) to what they saw last week, and early this week they started to see more coho in the catch,” Beeghly said.

In La Push, it was 1.2 fish per rod with about two-to-one on hatchery coho to kings. At Neah Bay, the catch was slightly more than half-a-fish per rod, and most of them were kings.

The tuna catch remained good at Ilwaco and Westport along with a few caught off La Push.

“There was still a couple of boats doing tuna trips out of Ilwaco that were successful,” Beeghly said. “We saw just one boat at Westport that had some fish. We even saw a couple of boats at La Push this week that had three or four fish per boat.”

“You usually never see tuna off the coast this early in July, and it seems to happen in August,” Beeghly said. “The water temperature dropped significantly late last week, and that might affect the availability of tuna right now.”

 

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