OLYMPIA – The popular fishery for hatchery coho salmon offshore of Ilwaco will reopen for ten days, from Sept. 6 through Sept. 15, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
As in previous weeks, anglers will be required to release any chinook salmon they catch or any coho salmon whose adipose fin has not been clipped to identify it as a hatchery fish.
The announcement extends the previously scheduled season in Marine Area 1 off Washington's southwest coast, which was temporarily closed to salmon fishing Sept. 3-5 to give fishery managers an opportunity to assess the season's catch.
Phil Anderson, WDFW special assistant to the director, said the additional fishing days were designed to give anglers an opportunity to harvest salmon remaining under coastwide quotas established by the Pacific Fishery Management Council last April.
"This is the second strong ocean fishery we've had in as many years and we're pleased that we can keep it going," Anderson said. "We recognize what a few extra days of fishing can mean to anglers and to coastal communities."
Further north on the coast, other fisheries for hatchery coho are scheduled to run through Sept. 8 off La Push (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4). There is also a late-season fishery scheduled to begin Sept. 21 in La Push for both chinook and marked coho salmon.
The Westport area (Marine Area 2) closed to all salmon fishing Aug. 20, after anglers there caught nearly 27,000 chinook and 19,000 coho.
Coastwide, recreational fishers had caught nearly 41,000 chinook and 82,000 marked coho salmon through Sept. 1, according to WDFW calculations.
WDFW Summer Salmon Fishing 2002