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Coast remains hot destination for salmon fishing

SALMON FISHING -- The Washington Coast remains the highlight of early summer salmon fishing, as two other popular inner-marine areas open today.

"Ilwaco had the highest catch with 1.14 fish per person (25 percent was chinook, and the rest was hatchery coho)," Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, told Ron Yuasa of the Seattle Times. "Neah Bay was the other hot spot with 1.2 fish per person. We also saw pinks caught all the way down to Westport, and hardly ever see them this early."

At Westport, the catch was 0.7 fish per rod, and fish seemed to be more scattered than they'd been early last week, Yuasa said.  At La Push they averaged one fish per rod, with almost all hatchery coho.

Read on for more details from Yuasa's report.

Ilwaco, La Push and Neah Bay are open daily for all chinook and hatchery-marked coho. Westport is open Sundays through Thursdays only.

The Strait of Juan de Fuca (from Sekiu to Ediz Hook off Port Angeles) and the San Juan Islands open today for hatchery-marked kings and coho, and pinks.

Areas east of Ediz Hook open Friday for hatchery-marked coho and pinks.

Most of the San Juan Islands open today for kings, coho and pinks. Hood Canal south of Ayock Point also opens today.

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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