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.

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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.

Albacore Handlers 2018

U.S. ALBACORE REGULATION UPDATES 2018

NMFS Albacore Comp Guide 2018 – Canada Access

Illegal Vessel and Incident Sighting Report Form

Albacore Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2018

Seasonal Fishing Reports:  There will be no further fish reports posted here until the 2018 season begins in June 2018. WFOA appreciates all that participated and we strive to keep the reports general as far as area and catch to not contribute to on-grounds crowding.

  • August 9, 2018: Over the past two weeks fishing for albacore off Oregon and Washington remains fairly slow for most. Fishing seemed to have dropped off when the weather improved. Fishing still is scattered from Coos Bay, OR to Northern, WA. There seems to be a good mix of age classes in the overall catch from 2-3 year olds to 4-5 year olds which is a good sign for the future.
  • July 24, 2018: We have not alot of reports over the past two weeks as fishing remains mainly along the Oregon coast into Washington. Catches have been fair average and albacore have been typical school sized. Boats far offshore are not finding much and most have come back to the coastal waters. Weather has been moderate NW winds.
  • July 11, 2018: Over the past two weeks boats off Oregon have been having some moderate success on 12-13 pound albacore. Ocean conditions are still colder than 2017 and more normal for this time of the year which is the traditional season beginning on the coast. Weather this week is to come up from the NW resulting in many boats headed for port.
  • June 19, 2018 – Some scattered albacore were caught recently off Oregon but waters remain cold and no concentrations of fish yet. Boats offshore have not found much at all.
  • June 14, 2018 – Water conditions are beginning to improve off the west coast especially in the central Oregon region as well as offshore all the way to the dateline. Sea conditions look to be more of a normal pattern after a few years of hot water. No fish have been reported caught yet at least along the coast.
  • May 2, 2018 – Boats have just returned from the South Pacific which had slow fishing. Some will be fishing soon in the central North Pacific and we expect the coastal fishery off Oregon and Washington to begin late June to early July. Please check back.

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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