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600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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September 01, 1999
Contact: Cindy LeFleur, (360) 906-6708

Southwestern Washington offers many salmon fishing opportunities

ILWACO–Plenty of opportunities remain for anglers to catch salmon in the ocean off southwest Washington and in the Columbia River.

For example, sport fishers may retain marked hatchery coho and steelhead caught in the Columbia River, including in the Buoy 10 area. WDFW Fish biologist Cindy LeFleur said, on average, one coho was caught per five anglers each day last week.

With the exception of an area around the mouth of the Lewis River, the Columbia River upsteam of a line from Grays Point in Washington to Tongue Point in Oregon is open for chinook angling.

The ocean off Ilwaco and Westport also remain open for sport fishing for chinook as well as hatchery coho. Salmon fishing from the two ports now is open seven days per week.

Sport fishing for chinook in the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the line from Grays Point to Tongue Point closed Sunday.

Anglers should check for the Fishing In Washington regulation pamphlet for detailed information about seasons and bag limits.