Ocean, Buoy 10 Salmon Update

There’s still plenty of room in the coho and Chinook quotas out of Ilwaco while the salmon catch at Buoy 10 begins to ramp up.

Joe Hymer of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission reports that last week, anglers in Washington’s Marine Area 1 on the south coast averaged .85 salmon per rod, with 71 percent of the catch being coho.

“Through August 15, an estimated 35.8% of the coho quota and 37.7% of the Chinook guideline had been taken,” he reported last night.

Further north, the Chinook guideline at Westport is 65.8 percent toast; nearly 18,500 have been caught there, including a marked 51-pounder by Olympia angler Jerry Dolgash.

51-POUNDER FOR JERRY DOLGASH OF OLYMPIA, SENT TO NWS BY HIS FRIEND TONY FLOOR.

Northwest Sportsman writer Terry Otto fished Buoy 10 yesterday with Northwest Sportsman columnist Buzz Ramsey and reports that they and three other anglers caught a total of 10 salmon, releasing four and keeping three Chinook and three coho.

Otto retained a 25-pound king and says that one of the other anglers on the boat had one 3 or 4 pounds heavier.

“One of Buzz’s friends told him about a 61-pounder caught that day,” he adds.

“Although we started off using a mix of spinners and herring, every fish came on the 6-1/2 Toman Cascade Squid Spinner,” reports Ramsey, a staffer for Yakima Bait, which makes the lure mentioned. “Eight of the 11 fish hooked were on red-and-white, one on chartreuse green dot.”

MIKE MCGUIRE HOISTS A NICE CHINOOK OUT OF BUZZ RAMSEY'S NET AT BUOY 10 YESTERDAY. (COURTESY BUZZ RAMSEY)

Otto also had one king stolen by a sea lion.

“Li’l bastard hung out near a good hole all day. We saw him rob another fisherman. The stater said that seal did real well for himself all day long by working that hot hole, according to reports,” he notes.

Joel Shangle at Northwest Wild Country Radio also posted a shot of guide Chris Vertopolous’s 45-pounder from yesterday.

4:30 P.M. UPDATE: HERE ARE PRELIMINARY CATCH STATS FOR BUOY 10 THROUGH YESTERDAY:

Aug 1-15: 8,500 anglers, 500 Chinook, 100 coho

Aug 16-18: 4,400 anglers, 1,450 Chinook, 700 coho

Total catch estimate Aug 1-18: 12,900 anglers for 1,950 Chinook and 800 coho

Allocation: Chinook – 12,500 fish (16% taken); Coho – 11,900 fish (7% taken)

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