The ocean salmon fishery continues to live up to expectations and in some cases better than what anyone could have imagined.
“At Ilwaco we’ve got great fishing with a 1.6 fish average per person, and a lot of people coming in early with limits of mostly (hatchery-marked) coho,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Effort is starting to really pick up, and I expect it to continue this way through Labor Day.”
At Westport, anglers averaged 1.3 fish per rod with a ratio of 2-to-1 hatchery coho to kings. In La Push, it was 1.0 fish per rod, and the bulk of the catch has been kings.
On the northern coast at Neah Bay, it was 0.5 fish per rod this past week, but others claim it was much better of late than the actual numbers revealed.
“Fishing has been real good at Neah Bay, and the (state Fish and Wildlife) checker told us that everyone who went to Swiftsure Bank limited on kings,” said Tony Floor, the director of fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association. “We fished along the kelp line near the beach and found limits of kings too.”
Coastal tuna action has been good for this early in the season, but rough water conditions and dicey weather made it a little tougher this past week. “We didn’t have too many boats get out, but those who made it out did get tuna,” Beeghly said.