August 06, 1997
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360) 902-2256
Salmon fishing closes at Ilwaco tomorrow; Westport, Buoy 10 remain open
ILWACO -- The sport ocean salmon fishing season for Marine Area 1 (Buoy 10
in the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point) will close at midnight tomorrow, the
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.
The closure is necessary because fish managers estimate anglers will have
harvested 17,200 coho salmon from a quota of 17,500. An additional day of fishing
would raise the catch by more than 2,000 salmon over the quota.
While fishing from Ilwaco will close, Westport (Marine Area 2) remains open
Sunday through Thursday for coho and chinook. The Buoy 10 fishery in the Columbia
River also remains open seven days per week for coho and chinook.