Recreational salmon fishery opens June 24 in the ocean

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WDFW NEWS RELEASE
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

http://wdfw.wa.gov/

June 22, 2017
Contact:
Wendy Beeghley, (360) 249-4628, ext. 215

Recreational salmon fishery opens June 24 in the ocean

OLYMPIA – Sport anglers will have the opportunity to reel in salmon off the Washington coast starting Saturday, June 24.

That’s when marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) open daily for salmon fishing. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will open a week later on July 1.

Fish managers expect slightly higher numbers of chinook and coho salmon will make their way through the ocean this year as compared to 2016, said Wendy Beeghley, an ocean salmon manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Due to the improved forecasts, the recreational chinook catch quota this year is 45,000, up from 35,000 in 2016.This year’s coho quota of 42,000 fish is an increase of 23,100 coho from 2016, when anglers were allowed to keep coho only in Marine Area 1. Coho retention is allowed in all four marine areas this summer.

Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 and 2 will have a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. In areas 3 and 4, anglers will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all areas, anglers must release wild coho.

All four marine areas are scheduled to close to salmon fishing at the end of the day Sept. 4 but could close earlier if the quota is met.

Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW’s webpage at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocean/ for updates.

More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2017-18 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01914/2017-18_marine.pdf

 

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Anglers can keep hatchery and wild coho in ocean at Westport, Neah Bay, Lapush, and Illwaco

OLYMPIA – Anglers will be allowed to retain both wild and hatchery coho beginning Friday, Sept. 4, in all four ocean marine areas.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) previously limited anglers fishing in marine areas 1-4 to hatchery coho – marked with a missing adipose fin – to meet conservation goals for wild coho while extending fishing through the entire salmon season, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the department.

However, with a month remaining in the fishery, only 43 percent of the coho quota has been reached for the coast.

“With so much of the coho catch quota remaining this late in the season, we can allow anglers to keep both hatchery and wild coho without exceeding our conservation objectives for wild salmon,” Milward said.

Through Aug. 30, anglers have caught 64,576 coho of the 150,800 coho quota for the coast.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in all four marine areas.

Anglers have a two-salmon daily catch limit in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. Up to two chinook may be retained in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) and Marine Area 2 (Westport); anglers fishing off La Push (Marine Area 3) and west of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line off Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) can keep one chinook as well as two additional pink salmon as part of their daily catch limit.

For additional details on fishing regulations, check the fishing regulations pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/

A six-day Washington coast razor clam dig is set to begin this Thursday October 17th.

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The next coastal razor clam digs will begin Thursday, Oct. 17, and with the excellent weather forecast digging should be excellent.

Digging will be open after noon each day on Thursday, Oct. 17 at Twin Harbors; Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18-19 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks; Sunday, Oct. 20 at Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; Monday, Oct. 21 at Twin Harbors and Mocrocks; and Tuesday, Oct. 22 at Twin Harbors.

The most recent digs Oct. 4-8 produced light crowds, but pretty good digging success when the surf was down and the winds didn’t blow folks off the beaches.

A total of 22,438 diggers turned out Oct. 4-8 with 329,321 clams dug. Since the season opened Sept. 19 a total of 31,341 for 10-days of digging harvested 468,965 clams (12,116 was wastage, which is illegal for digger to do).

At Long Beach, 6,493 diggers Oct. 4-7 dug 94,305 clams and averaged 14.5 clams per person (the first 15 dug regardless of size or condition is a daily limit); at Twin Harbors, 5,836 Oct. 4-8 dug 84,430 and averaged 14.5; at Copalis, 5,886 Oct. 4-5 dug 87,889 and averaged 14.9; and at Mocrocks, 4,222 Oct. 4-7 dug 62,687 and averaged 14.8.

“Just about all the clams we saw were nice size, although at places like Mocrocks there are a lot of smaller clams and people who are selective will do much better,” said Dan Ayres, the head state Fish and Wildlife coastal shellfish manager.

This comes on the heels of what was one of the earliest starts to the fall season, which occurred Sept. 19-23 at Twin Harbors. A total of 8,900 diggers turned out for the five days, averaging 14.3 clams per person.

The next tentative digs dates were also decided and are:

Nov. 1, Friday, 5:52 pm; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors and Mocrocks

Nov. 2, Saturday, 6:36 pm; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Nov. 3, Sunday, 6:16 pm; -1.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Nov. 4, Monday, 6:59 pm; -1.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Nov. 5, Tuesday, 7:45 pm; -1.3 feet; Long Beach and Twin Harbors

Nov. 6, Wednesday, 8:33 pm; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Nov. 7, Thursday, 9:24 pm; -1.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Nov. 8, Friday, 10:19 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Nov. 15, Friday, 5:01 pm; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Nov. 16, Saturday, 5:42 pm; -0.6 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Nov. 17, Sunday, 6:20 pm; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Nov. 18, Monday, 6:57 pm; -0.6 feet; Twin Harbors

Nov. 19, Tuesday, 7:33 pm; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Nov. 20, Wednesday, 8:09 pm; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors

Nov. 30, Saturday, 4:28 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 1, Sunday, 5:13 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 2, Monday, 5:59 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 3, Tuesday, 6:44 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

Dec. 4, Wednesday, 7:30 pm; -1.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors

Dec. 5, Thursday, 8:17 pm; -1.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 6, Friday, 9:05 pm; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 7, Saturday, 9:56 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 14, Saturday, 4:45 pm; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 15, Sunday, 5:26 pm; -0.3 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbor, and Mocrocks

Dec. 16, Monday, 6:03 pm; -0.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, and Mocrocks

Dec. 17, Tuesday, 6:38 pm; -0.4 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 18, Wednesday, 7:12 pm; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors

Dec. 29, Sunday, 4:05 pm; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 30, Monday, 4:55 pm; -0.9 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks

Dec. 31, Tuesday, 5:42 pm; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, and Mocrocks


Westport Marina’s Salmon Derby

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Westport’s “Boat Basin Salmon Derby” offers chance to win up to $2,000
Annual fishing contest offers cash and prizes for the largest Chinook and Coho salmon caught inside the marina,s walls.

Westport, Washington – The coastal town of Westport welcomes returning salmon for the annual Boat Basin Salmon Derby scheduled to run from Sept. 15 until Oct. 31.

No derby ticket needed !

This year’s derby starts this Sunday, Sept. 15, and will end on Oct. 31. Participants are not required to purchase tickets to participate in the derby. Fishers will, instead, enter their catches for free and vie for merchandise and services prizes provided by local merchants.

Fish are weighed ‘in the round. Just get down there, start casting, land your salmon and take it directly to this year’s Westport Marina Salmon Derby weigh-in station at the floating Seafood Connection Market on Float 8, Slip G nearby.

Salmon Tales Derby

There will be an additional derby held on September 28 and 29 during the Salmon Tales Festival. If you catch a fish inside the boat basin during that time, take it to the Maritime Museum Gazebo to weigh in for the special derby competition.

Generational Derby

Another special weekend Derby also is planned for Oct 5 & 6. Age-appropriate prizes will be awarded to winning two- or three-person teams consisting of at least one adult and one child. Again, it’s free and there’s no need to sign up until you bring your fish in for weighing.

Derby rules:

• All salmon must be caught in the Westport Boat Basin. Fishing is open seven days a week, with a state-mandated allowable catch of 6 salmon (no more than 4 adults) that are 12 inches or more in length. Note that Grays Harbor is closed for Chinook other than in the Westport Marina.

• Contestants must land their own fish using sport fishing tackle.

• Help with netting or gaffing is permitted.

• Fish that are snagged, netted or caught by other illegal methods will be disqualified.

• The Seafood Connection judges will have the final decision in all cases. Prizes will be awarded for the largest salmon, judged by weight. In the case of a tie, the winner will be judged by length. Only one prize per fisher will be awarded.

Weigh-in rules

• Seafood Connection is the official weigh-in station. It is located on Float 8, Slip G.

• All salmon will be weighed in between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., seven days a week.

• Following weigh-in, participants may not field-dress their fish on any float, the marina bankline or discard any fish parts into marina waters.

Violation of any rule is subject to suspension from the competition.

Derby winners

Winners will be determined at the close of the Derby at 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, and they will be notified by phone, email or mail by Nov. 10.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three fish of the season in the Adult Division, as well as for the top fish in the Junior Division – ages 15 and under.

The returning Westport salmon were fingerlings reared in pens three years ago and released under the direction of Ocosta High School conservation classes and the Humptulips Hatchery. After their time at sea, the salmon come back into the Marina – with the Coho salmon returning now.
You don’t need a boat, you can just a fish from the dock.

Last year’s winning Coho weighed in at more than 17.5 lbs !

I was down at the marina last year and you could see salmon schools with literally tens of thousands of fish just off the floats over by the Half Moon Bay Bar and Grill. This derby promises to be an excellent year for anglers as well. There is a limit of six fish, four adults and two jacks.”

Coastal Salmon Figures, Quota’s & Catches

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OCEAN RECREATIONAL SALMON FISHERY RESULTS

Coastwide Chinook mark-selective fishery

The Chinook mark-selective recreational fishery is now closed. The fishery operated under a coastwide quota of 8,000 marked Chinook. A total of 8,358 anglers participated in the fishery, and 2,798 Chinook were landed (35% of the quota).

All-Salmon Species Fisheries

The Columbia Ocean Area opened for all salmon species on June 22; the Westport Area opened for all salmon species on June 23. The La Push and Neah Bay Areas opened for all salmon species on June 29. Catch details for each of the areas are described below.

ILWACO

A total of 1,854 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 467 Chinook and 1,927 coho. No pink were landed. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,059 Chinook (31% of the area guideline) and 8,432 coho (23% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

WESTPORT

A total of 2,406 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 1,541 Chinook, 910 coho, and 308 pink. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,910 Chinook (17% of the area guideline) and 3,475 coho (13% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

LA PUSH

A total of 194 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 263 Chinook, 87 coho, and 49 pink. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 758 Chinook (46% of the area guideline) and 495 coho (26% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

NEAH BAY

A total of 1,572 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending July 28, landing 565 Chinook, 556 coho, and 966 pink. Through Sunday, July 28, a cumulative total of 3,605 Chinook (74% of the area guideline) and 3,316 coho (43% of the area sub-quota) have been landed.

Westport Kings June 15, 2013

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Its starting to heat up for hatchery (fin clipped) Kings Salmon at Westport! Most fish 15-20 pounds.

Photo courtesy of the charter boat Slammer: http://slammercharters.com/

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