OLYMPIA – Early summer chinook salmon fishing in the Sekiu area will close Thursday, July 11, 11:59 p.m., after four days of fishing, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
Marine Area 5, from Sekiu to Pillar Point, had a chinook salmon quota of 2,000 fish. Anglers took an estimated 550 fish on July 8, the fishery's first day, and the entire 2,000-fish quota was expected to be taken by Thursday.
The area remains open to fishing for hatchery coho salmon through Sept. 30. Hatchery coho can easily be identified by the lack of an adipose fin, the small fatty fin on the back of the fish near the tail. All coho with an intact adipose fin must be safely released. In addition, all chum salmon must be released.
Chinook fishing remains open along much of the Washington coast, including Neah Bay, LaPush, Westport and Ilwaco. Much of the Columbia River is also open to chinook fishing, from the mouth through Bridgeport in Douglas County. In Puget Sound, terminal area fisheries for chinook are ongoing at Tulalip Bay, north of Everett, and open Friday, July 12, in Elliott Bay in Seattle.
Anglers can get updated information on where the salmon are being caught by visiting WDFW's "Salmon Fishing Summer 2002" website. The 2002/2003 "Fishing in Washington" sport fishing rules pamphlet also has detailed fishing area information.