The ocean wasn’t the best place to go if you’re a salmon angler last week, and much of that was blamed on the lousy ocean conditions and bad weather.
“Everywhere was really slow, and that all had to do with the bad weather,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “La Push saw a whopping two chinook all of last week for 31 anglers, and that is really dismal.”
At Neah Bay on the northern coast the catch was 0.2 fish per angler.
At Westport last week the catch was 0.4 chinook per rod, and at Ilwaco it was 0.2 fish per person for both chinook and hatchery coho, but the good news was that both areas had picked up of late.
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“I saw that Westport anglers did pretty darn well (Monday), and heard from our samplers that it was a little over a fish per person,” Beeghly said. “I also heard at Ilwaco they found a good bite around noon (on Monday) , and they finally got into some coho. Some of the Ilwaco charter boats limited (on Monday). I hope that trend continues. Sometimes the storm will churn things up out in the ocean so we’re hoping for a positive change.”
No boats ventured out into the deeper water for albacore tuna due to the bad weather and ocean conditions, but prior to last week fishing had been very good anywhere from 30 to 50 miles offshore.
The Buoy 10 opener at the Lower Columbia River mouth on Monday was lackluster, and Beeghly report samplers barely saw any salmon catch.