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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 11, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Ocean salmon fisheries still cruising along at a fast pace

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(Photo courtesy of Tony Floor)

The ocean salmon fisheries continue to provide some outstanding action, and has now mainly switched to a coho show although a few kings are still lurking the offshore waters.

“The chinook fishery is pretty much over in the ocean off Ilwaco, but the coho fishing is still going strong,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, who reported Ilwaco anglers this past week averaged 0.09 on kings per rod and 1.5 on coho.

Just up the coast at Westport, anglers continue to run into some of the best coastal fishing seen in years.

“We saw a lot of angler effort, and more than I expected at Westport, which is a nice shot in the arm for their community,” Beeghly said. “We are still seeing some very successful fishing at Westport.”

This past week Westport anglers averaged 0.2 chinook per rod, and 1.7 for coho.

At La Push, the chinook average was 0.1 per rod, and 1.2 for coho, and Beeghly says the switch from selective to non-selective for coho made a difference in the catch levels.

The Neah Bay angler turnout continues to drop off each week, and the chinook catch is 0.04 per rod and 0.8 for coho.

“We hadn’t ever done a non-selective coho fishery at Neah Bay so we didn’t know what to expect in that if it would draw a crowd of anglers,” Beeghly said. “Turnout was pretty minimal, and it is just that time of the year when people aren’t going that way.”

Albacore tuna fishing had a rough week, according to Beeghly, and fishing dropped way off with charter boats even struggling to catch fish.

“We saw a few successful tuna trips, but many were not so successful this past week,” Beeghly said.

 

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