Commercial Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor gillnet salmon fishery

Information, documents, and reported harvest of salmon for the Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor commercial gillnet fishery.

 

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Schedules, regulations, and other information

It is required that all operators complete a “Fish Friendly” workshop to fish the Fall Fishery in Willapa Bay and/or Grays Harbor. See Letter to Interested Parties below.

Reporting

Willapa Bay

Effective September 20 - 25, 2021, the Department has modified the Willapa Bay commercial salmon fishery via emergency regulation.  These modifications include:

  1. Area 2U will CLOSE to commercial salmon fishing Tuesday, September 21, 2021.  
  2. The fishery (all areas scheduled to open this week) will be required to use tangle net gear (maximum mesh 4 1/4 ") for this week instead of switching to small mesh gear (maximum mesh 6 1/2") as originally scheduled. 
  •  It will be unlawful to fish for salmon in Willapa Bay for commercial purposes in area 2U on September 21 and it will be unlawful to any gear larger than 4 1/4".  

  • The remaining fishing days for this week will remain as originally scheduled.  All other rules remain in effect for September 20 - 25, 2021.  

  • The impacts of natural origin fall Chinook have been higher than preseason predictions.  The purpose of this modification is to reduce the number of natural origin Chinook impacts in the commercial fishery to preserve coho opportunity with the limited remaining Chinook impacts available and ensure that the conservation objectives for Chinook are met.  

Effective immediately, the Department has CLOSED the Willapa Bay commercial salmon fishery next week on Sunday, September 12, Tuesday, September 14, and Saturday, September 18, 2021 via emergency regulation.  

  • Based on preseason predictions and uncertainty around run sizes of Chinook in-season, a modification of the commercial fishery was necessary to help ensure that conservation objectives for Chinook are met.  
  • It will be unlawful to fish for salmon in Willapa Bay for commercial purposes on September 12, 14, and 18, 2021 in all commercial fishing areas.

The remaining scheduled fishing day, Thursday, September 16, 2021 will remain OPEN to commercial salmon fishing.  All other rules for the Willapa Bay commercial fishery remain in effect for September 16, 2021.  

 

 

Grays Harbor

Gillnet schedule summaries

Gillnet landings archive

Willapa Bay fall commercial salmon landings

2021 Willapa Bay Commercial Gillnet Salmon Fishery Landings

This information is preliminary and subject to change.

Date Statistical 
Week
Area(s) Chinook Coho Chum
Aug. 20 34 2N 663 1 0
Aug. 27 35 2N, 2M 1,092 34 0
Sept. 3 36 2U, 2N, 2M, 2T2U, 2N, 2M, 2T2N, 2M 810 109 0
Sept. 10 37 2N, 2M 654 653 3
Sept 16 38 2N, 2M, 2T, 2U 423 3,682 9
Sept 19 - 25 39 2N, 2M, 2R, 2T, 2U 255 10,228 140
Sept 26 - Oct 2 40 2N, 2M, 2R, 2T, 2U 88 3,769 390
Oct 3 - 9 41 2N, 2M, 2R, 2T, 2U 56 2,709 679
Oct 10 - 16 42 2N, 2M, 2R, 2T, 2U      
Oct 17 - 23 43 2N, 2M, 2R, 2T, 2U      
Oct. 31 - Nov 6 45 2N, 2T, 2U      
Nov 7 - 13 46 2N, 2M, 2T, 2U      
Nov 14 - 20 47 2N, 2M, 2U      

Season totals

Chinook Coho Chum
4,041 21,185 1,220

Grays Harbor non-treaty commercial gillnet landings

2021 Grays Harbor Non-treaty Commercial Gillnet Salmon Fishery Landings

This information is preliminary and subject to change.

Grays Harbor area 2C

Date Stat week Chinook Coho Chum

Oct. 18

43

69

200

287

Oct. 19

43

6

12

22

Oct. 20

43

0

0

0

Totals

Chinook Coho Chum
75 212 309

Grays Harbor areas 2A and 2D

Date Stat week Chinook Coho Chum

Totals

Chinook Coho Chum

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