FISH CATCH and AT-SEA REPORTS

From Albacore Vessels: WFOA will periodically list general albacore catch information on this page. We accept any fish reports from vessels. All information here is both voluntary and anonymous.

Check our Permits & Regs page for other updates.

Electronic Logbook for US vessels (Optional). NOAA is working on a new version but this version does work for most operating systems. A few boats are using it. The instructions are in the download and a link to the actual downloadable files.

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Albacore Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2017

July 17, 2017: For the past week albacore fishing has been very slow. Most of the fleet remains off central Oregon and some off Washington. Sea water remains cold and streaky temperatures with small amounts of feed at this time. High daily catches have rarely exceeded 100 fish and most boats have been in the 30-70 range.

July 11, 2017: There has not been much activity in the past week or two. Boats are scattered up and down the Oregon coast from 40-120 miles offshore. Very slow in most places with average of about 40 fish per day.

June 28, 2017: Albacore have started to be caught along the coast from Northern California to Washington State by both commercial and recreational boats. Sport fish were reported about 50 miles off both SW Washington and Coos Bay, Oregon. Commercial vessels were slowly getting out along the regions and finding moderate success at times. There have also been some albacore caught off central and Northern California 100 plus miles offshore.

June 21, 2017: A few boats have been fishing albacore off the central Oregon coast in the past week. Water temps have been 56-58 for the most part and boats had small quantities of albacore 0-50/day were reported. The winds from the NW are picking up now and gale force is expected through early next week.

June 15, 2017: No marketable amounts of albacore has yet to be caught. A few boast have been searching off Oregon and have caught 0-5 albacore in mainly cold 56 degree water.

June 5, 2017: In 2016 Albacore were already biting of the Oregon coast. However, Sea-Surface-Temps for 2017 look like a normal pattern and no albacore have been caught. We expect fish to show in 3-4 weeks as with most normal seasons.

January 30, 2017: While it is many months until the US West Coast albacore fishery, we do have about a dozen boats fishing far south in the South Pacific at this time as we have had since 1985.Albacore troll fishing has been reported good early for the boats and we expect their catches to last until around April. Most of the fish frozen at sea will be sold back into the west coast for domestic and overseas sashimi and loin markets. The catch is certified by Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Archival Tag Recovery Information: American Fishermen’s Research Foundation has deployed over 1,000 tags since 2001. The reward for recovering and sending in the whole fish is now $500. If you find one in your catch, please separate the fish and contact SWFSC, your buyer, or AFRF. AFRF is continuing the long-term tagging cooperative project with SWFSC – NOAA/NMFS.

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