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Effective September 27 until further notice, recreational salmon fishing to re-open in Marine Area 2.1 and the Willapa Bay Control Zone for Coho and Chum salmon. 

  • The daily limit is six salmon, up to TWO ADULT salmon may be retained. 
  • Release ALL Chinook
  • All other rules for the Willapa Bay Marine Area 2.1 are still in effect.

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.

  • Minimum size 12" 
  • Daily limit 6 (combined). 
  • Up to 3 adults may be retained. Only 1 may be a COHO.
  • Release wild CHINOOK.
  • Anglers may fish with two poles with Two-Pole Endorsement

July 1 – 31:  Open concurrent with the Ocean Area 2 rule for Salmon.  Area 2 rules apply.

August 1 – September 30:  Willapa Bay Control Zone Closure –

  • Closed to salmon angling in waters from Leadbetter Point (46° 39.20’N, 124° 3.516’W) due west to 46° 39.20’N, 124° 5.3’W then due north to the westerly most landfall on Cape Shoalwater (46° 44.66’N 124° 5.3’W) and from Leadbetter Point through green marker 11 to landfall

August 1 - September 30:  North River Area Closure -

  • Closed to salmon angling in waters north of a line from Toke Point channel marker 3 easterly through Willapa Harbor channel marker 13 (green) northeasterly to the power transmission pole located at 46° 43.19N, 123° 50.83W


2018 Willapa Bay Marine Area 2.1 Recreational Salmon Fishery Monitoring
Only adults included in totals below (No jacks included)
PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Stat Week Dates Number of Interviews Number of Anglers Sampled Number of AD clipped Chinook Retained Number of Unmarked Chinook Retained Number of Coho Retained (AD + Unmarked) Number of Unmarked Chinook Released
31 8/1 - 8/5 161 385 17 0 2 12
32 8/6 - 8/12 204 445 63 0 6 11
33 08/13 - 8/19 359 907 142 0 20 33
34 08/20 - 8/26 409 958 148 3 41 34
35 08/27 - 9/2 491 1175 179 0 126 66
36 9/3 - 9/9 215 461 51 1 73 23
37 09/10 - 09/16 76 148 49 1 61 5
38 09/17 - 9/23 24 49 0 0 5 0
39 09/24 - 09/30 11 21 0 0 3 0
Total 1,950 4,549 616 5 337 184