OLYMPIA — Recreational salmon anglers will get a partial day of fishing off the south coast of Washington before the fishery closes for the season on the afternoon of Aug. 17.
The salmon fishery in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco), which now runs Sundays through Thursdays, will be open Sunday, Aug. 17 from 12:01 a.m. through 2 p.m. After that, the fishery will be closed to retention of all salmon species, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The season is ending Sunday because the catch quota for coho salmon has been reached, Milward said.
Meanwhile, the Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River will remain open seven days a week through Labor Day.
Other areas that remain open to salmon fishing include Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores), which is open Sundays through Thursdays only, and marine areas 3 and 4 (La Push and Neah Bay), which are open Tuesdays through Saturdays only. Salmon fishing is scheduled to continue in these three marine areas through Sept. 13, or until quotas are reached.
More information on fishing regulations is available on WDFW’s website http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.