Taking a look at the coastal summer salmon fishing season totals with still about a month fishing left one would be mesmerized at the sheer number of anglers and fish caught.
To start off the early hatchery-marked selective king fishery from mid-May through June 13 produced a total of 2,086 chinook caught.
During the all species salmon fishery which began June 14 through Aug. 24, a total of 96,492 anglers have caught 34,970 chinook and 98,495 coho. While those numbers of fish caught are very good they still haven’t even touched the actual sport catch quota of 184,400 coho or 53.3 percent of the quota to date, and 50,100 chinook or 69.8 percent of the quota to date.
The catch average per rod has remained relatively stable all summer and on June 14-15 it was 1.12 salmon per angler; June 16-22, 1.41; June 23-29, 1.29; June 30-July 6, 1.31; July 7-13, 1.27; July 14-20, 1.23; July 21-27, 1.29; July 28-Aug. 3, 1.38; Aug. 4-10, 1.44; Aug. 11-17, 1.39; and Aug. 18-24, 1.59.
Changes to more liberal catches occurred off Westport starting Aug. 18 when anglers were allowed to keep two kings as part of their two-salmon daily limit; and starting Sept. 1, anglers at Westport, La Push and Neah Bay will be allowed to keep both wild and hatchery coho as part of their two-salmon daily limit.
The ocean off Ilwaco and Westport are open daily through Sept. 30; and La Push and Neah Bay are open daily through Sept. 21. There is a late season bubble fishery off La Push that is open daily from Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.