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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Ocean salmon and tuna fisheries remain top choice

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The ocean continues to be hot spot central for salmon and tuna fishing.

“We saw a 1.3 salmon per person average this week at Ilwaco, and most of the catch is still coho, but chinook fishing picked up Monday and Tuesday,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “In Westport we saw more coho show up, and they’re going out a long way to find them like about 25 miles offshore, but once you get there it is darn good fishing. A lot of anglers are still targeting chinook along the beach, but they haven’t been as successful to those looking for coho.”

Overall the catch at Westport is 1.4 fish per rod, and about one chinook for every three coho. At La Push, the catch per rod average is 1.0, and about two coho for every chinook caught.

“Neah Bay had a nice spike in the chinook availability, and a 1.0 fish per rod average this past week,” Beeghly said. “They had about one coho for every six chinook caught.”

Most chinook have been caught off an unexposed shelf called Swiftsure Bank.

“Boats are having good success for tuna especially out of Westport with charters participating as well about 35 miles offshore,” Beeghly said. “So it wouldn’t be too hard to go out where the coho are then head a bit further out to catch tuna.”

The Tuna Classic is this weekend at Westport and Ilwaco, and the Oregon Tuna Classic is in Garibaldi, Oregon.

Weather has put a damper on those heading out into the ocean of late.

“We’ve seen heavy fog in the morning, and a wind chop has made the water pretty lumpy,” Beeghly said. “It has been lumpy, and the weather is keeping a few people from going out or delaying them until later in the day.

 

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