Fish & Feathers: Hatchery Chinook in the ocean ... and krill

Tiny shrimp-like krill have often been called the "bounty of the sea" thanks to their huge role in feeding everything from salmon to baleen whales.

In the ocean, clipped-fin Chinook provided plenty of action for the Ilwaco charter fleet this past week. The boat Sea Quest caught 12 keepers one day and also limited the next day, the Salty Dog landed eight fish for seven customers and the Coho Sally also did extremely well through Saturday. Boats fishing for bottom fish are also getting their limits.

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fish checkers reported that legal sturgeon catches improved from one keeper for every 22 rods two weeks ago to one keeper for every 11 rods. It appears that sturgeon fishing in the lower estuary will be open through most of July.  

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