Ilwaco - Marine Area 1

Marine Area 1 encompasses the area from the Columbia River north to Leadbetter Point at the north end of Long Beach.

Marine Area 1 is renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing during the summer.  Over half the salmon caught in the ocean fisheries are caught  in Marine Area 1.  Ilwaco is the primary access point for Area 1, although anglers can also launch at Chinook and Warrington on the Oregon side.  Anglers fishing Area 1 can also fish south of the Columbia River to Cape Falcon in Oregon with their Washington license.

The Columbia River bar is one of the most dangerous in the country.  Anglers should watch the weather and tides carefully.  Only go out when you know the conditions will allow you to cross the bar safely, both going and coming back.  Experienced boaters plan their trips to avoid crossing the bar during peak outgoing tides.

Legal description

Major fishing areas

30-50 miles

Albacore tuna are available during the late summer and early fall months. Ocean fishing can be extremely hazardous, especially for those without ocean and bar-crossing experience. Weather and bar conditions can change quickly and without warning. Hiring a local experienced guide is highly recommended for your initial trips.

Accessible by Boat

North Buoy 10 Zone

Chinook and coho are fished for north of the breakwater off Ilwaco. Anglers who troll here can catch fall Chinook with the additional coho in late summer/early fall. Ocean fishing can be extremely hazardous, especially for those without ocean and bar-crossing experience. Weather and bar conditions can change quickly and without warning. Hiring a local experienced guide is highly recommended for your initial trips.

Accessible by Boat

Species: Chinook salmon, Coho salmon