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Washington Coast Salmon Fishing Report (7-12-17)

THE FOLLOWING REPORTS ARE FROM WENDY BEEGHLEY OF WDFW (TOP) AND JOHN KEIZER OF SALTPATROL.COM (BOTTOM)

Columbia Ocean Area (including Oregon)

A total of 1,885 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 770 Chinook and 177 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 2,212 Chinook (17% of the area guideline) and 318 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

“I JUST LOVE HOW THESE OCEAN ‘NOOKS REFUSE TO QUIT!” SAYS JEFF ANDERSON, HERE WITH A RECENT ONE. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Westport

A total of 2,355 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 498 Chinook and 261 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 1,269 Chinook (6% of the area guideline) and 261 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

La Push

A total of 86 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 54 Chinook and 6 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 89 Chinook (4% of the area guideline) and 25 coho (2% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Neah Bay

A total of 1,975 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery July 3-9, landing 1,472 Chinook and 245 coho.  Through July 9, a cumulative total of 2,346 Chinook (30% of the area guideline) and 397 coho (9% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

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Fished Westport this weekend landed 2 kings and a coho Saturday and one king one coho Sunday pretty slow fishing overall. Top producer for us was a Gold Star Spatter squid behind a Pro-Troll flasher with Bloody Tuna Jell Scent on it. We fished 300 ft of water NW of the harbor best downrigger depth was 110ft. The ocean is full of pink Pyrosome Tunicates. They are a colony of plankton eating clones. They get caught on the downrigger wire and will also trip your rod off the release clip.

THE BANE OF COMMERCIAL FISHERMEN EARLIER IN THE YEAR, RECREATIONAL ANGLERS ARE ALSO FINDING PYROSOMES CLOGGING UP THEIR GEAR. (SALTPATROL.COM)

 

Salmon Open Off Most Of WA Coast This Saturday, Westport July 1

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24.

That’s when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1.

ILWACO IS AMONG THE WASHINGTON PORTS OPENING FOR SALMON THIS SATURDAY, AND WILL DRAW LOCAL ANGLERS AND PUGETROPOLITES LIKE JOHN KEIZER ALIKE. (SALTPATROL.COM)

Fish managers expect slightly higher numbers of chinook and coho salmon will make their way through the ocean this year as compared to 2016, said Wendy Beeghley, an ocean salmon manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

ADS ON THE SIDES OF SOUND TRANSIT AND METRO BUSES ROLLING THROUGH SEATTLE AND ITS SUBURBS BECKON RESIDENTS TO WESTPORT. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Due to the improved forecasts, the recreational chinook catch quota this year is 45,000, up from 35,000 in 2016. This year’s coho quota of 42,000 fish is an increase of 23,100 coho from 2016, when anglers were allowed to keep coho only in Marine Area 1. Coho retention is allowed in all four marine areas this summer.

Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 and 2 will have a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. In areas 3 and 4, anglers will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all areas, anglers must release wild coho.

STUART ALLEN AND OTHER NEAH BAY ANGLERS WILL BE TARGETING FAT CHINOOK THIS SEASON. THE TRI-CITIES ANGLER CAUGHT THIS ONE SEVERAL SEASONS AGO. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

All four marine areas are scheduled to close to salmon fishing at the end of the day Sept. 4 but could close earlier if the quota is met.

Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocean/ for updates

More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01914/2017-18_marine.pdf.

7.49-lb. Vermilion Rockfish Would’ve Been New Washington Record

Washington bass angler Roger Davis has been trying hard to land a new state record for several years now.

He should have gotten into the book this weekend — but for another species entirely.

The North Sound fisherman caught a bucket-mouthed, near-7-pound, 8-ounce vermilion rockfish off Neah Bay on Sunday morning.

ROGER DAVIS HEFTS HIS 7.49-POUND VERMILION ROCKFISH — SO NAMED FOR ITS BRILLIANT COLORING — WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN A NEW STATE RECORD. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

But of all the rotten luck, he thought he was still 2 ounces shy of the standing high mark.

That fish is James Duffy’s 2005 7.10-pounder, which Davis initially read as a bass angler reads weights — a 7-10.

Yesterday afternoon, after his fish had been cleaned and processed, Davis sent me an email with pics from his trip. As we were going back and forth, sorting out autocorrects, double checking WDFW’s records and doing the math in my head, I wrote, “Wait a minute, the record book listing for vermilion rockfish says 7.1 pounds. Yours would be 7.5 pounds, wouldn’t it?”

“Oh damn!!!! I read it wrong. I thought it was 7 pounds 10 oz!!! It was the state record!!! Damn!!” Davis wrote back, adding, “Oh man, I’m super bummed. I even weighed it on an official scale, and the fish and game guys were even there.”

A worker at the Cape Flattery Fisherman’s Coop today confirmed to Northwest Sportsman they’d seen the 7.49-pound digital reading themselves.

“The fish and game guys at the docks said it was the biggest one they had ever seen,” Davis added.

ROGER DAVIS HAS BEEN USING OVERSIZED BAITS TO BRING IN HUGE NORTH SOUND LARGEMOUTH IN RECENT SPRINGS. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

This time of year you’re most likely to find Davis fishing from small, rickety boats on ponds and lakes scattered around Skagit and Whatcom Counties in hopes of landing a giant prespawn female largemouth, but he also likes to head offshore on more secure craft to catch tasty halibut.

He was in Neah Bay for last Thursday’s and Saturday’s openers, fishing with two friends aboard one’s 28-foot Hewescraft, the Spunky Monkey, and spending their off days going out for rockfish.

He says the vermilion rockfish bit around 8:30 yesterday morning.

“We were jigging flies around the 100-foot-depth mark and catching every kind of rockfish on the list, especially tons of canary rockfish which we were releasing,” Davis recalls. “The big one hit down around 90 feet on a white-and-red fly. We thought it might be a ling at first, because we knew it was bigger. When we saw it, we were shocked. We checked and double checked to make sure we could retain it,” Davis says.

“On the ride back in I looked up the state record and thought it said 7 pounds 10 ounces rather than 7.10 pounds.  We weighed it on an official certified scale at the commercial dock in Neah Bay and it came in at 7.49 pounds. I thought I was just shy (of the record), so we took it back to the cleaning station where it got cleaned with the rest of our catch. Too bad I didn’t realize it was 7.1 pounds!!”

Wondering if there still wasn’t an outside chance for Davis to get his vermilion into the books, I called a couple sources at WDFW and checked out the record fish application. But it sounds like the “fish and game guys” at Neah were probably creel samplers, not an area or district fish biologist, who could have officially positively identified it for species (though being a sampler would imply some knowledge of what fishes swim in Washington waters).

Still, it was a great haul and weekend overall for Davis.

“It was a stellar few days of fishing and I probably boated over 120 fish from Wednesday night through Sunday morning,” he said.

AMONG THE MANY FISH DAVIS CAUGHT OUT OF NEAH BAY LAST WEEKEND WAS THIS FINE PAIR OF TASTY HALIBUT. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

But what are the odds that someone who’s so focused on trying to get into the record book with one species gets a shot at cracking it with a different one altogether?

“I know, right?” Davis said. “Plus it was the first vermilion rockfish I’d ever caught!