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2018 Willapa Bay Fall Commercial Salmon Landings
Updated November 5, 2018

Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor
North of Falcon Salmon Management
Willapa Bay & Grays Harbor
Commercial Gillnet Schedules and Regulations

Effective October 8 , 2018, Commercial fishing will be open in:

Area 2U October 8, 9, 11, and 12, 2018 from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. each day with a maximum mesh size of 4.25 inches.  Recovery boxes and the 45 minute soak time is still in effect. 

  • Release of ALL Chinook required.  All Chinook should be placed in the recovery boxes.
  • Retention of any other species other than Coho or Chum salmon is prohibited.

Area 2T October 10, 2018 from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. with a maximum mesh size of 6.5 inches.
Recovery boxes and the 45 minute soak time is still in effect. 

  • Release of ALL Chinook required.  All Chinook should be placed in the recovery boxes.
  • Retention of any other species other than Coho or Chum salmon is prohibited.

All other rules remain in effect such release all steelhead and all sturgeon.  All Steelhead must be placed in an operating recovery box. 


Effective September 28, 2018, Commercial fishing will be open:

Areas 2N, 2M, and 2T will open October 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. each day with a maximum mesh size of 6.5 inches.  Recovery boxes and the 45 minute soak time still in effect. 

  • Release of ALL Chinook Required.  All Chinook should be placed in the recovery boxes.
  • Retention of any species other than Coho or Chum salmon is prohibited.

Area 2U will open October 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 from 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. each day with a maximum mesh size of 4.25 inches.  Recovery boxes and the 45 minute soak time still in effect.

  • Release of ALL Chinook Required.  All Chinook should be placed in the recovery boxes.
  • Retention of any species other than Coho or Chum salmon is prohibited.

Effective September 27 and 28 only, Commercial fishing will re-open in areas 2T and 2N only 7 a.m. through 7 p.m. with a maximum mesh size of 6.5 inches.  Recovery boxes and the 45 minute soak time still in effect. 

  • Release of ALL Chinook Required.  All Chinook should be placed in the recovery boxes. 
  • Retention of any species other than Coho or Chum salmon is prohibited.

Effective Sept, 22, 2018 ALL Salmon fishing will close in Willapa Bay until further notice via emergency regulation. 

The reason for this closure is due to the fact that fall Chinook returns to the tributaries of Willapa Bay are significantly lower than preseason predictions.  Closing salmon fisheries will increase the number of hatchery fish available to our hatcheries to make egg take goals at this time. Managers will continue to asses Chinook returns and will re-open the fisheries if warranted.

Willapa Bay:


2018 Willapa Bay Commercial Gillnet Salmon Fishery
PRELIMINARY DATA: SUBJECT TO CHANGE!!
Date Statistical
Week
Area(s) Chinook Coho Chum
Sept 2 - 8 36 2N, 2M 578 115 1
Sept 9 - 15 37 2N, 2M 542 551 1
Sept 16 -22 38 2N, 2M, 2T, 2U 416 2,402 10
Sept 23 - 29 39 2N, 2M, 2T, 2U 0 849 11
Sept 30 - Oct 6 40 2N, 2M, 2T, 2U 0 1313 97
Oct 7 - 13 41  2T, 2U 0 1,067 131
Oct 14 - 20 42 Closed to fishing
Oct 21 - 27 43  Closed to fishing
Nov. 1 - 2 44 2U 0 421 0
Season Totals 1,536 6,718 251