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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 26, 2009 at 2:20 PM

Ilwaco ocean salmon fishery to close after Aug. 31

It has been a wonderful summer off the South Coast for salmon anglers, and fishing has been so good in the ocean off Ilwaco that it will close after Monday, Aug. 31.

“Once it closes we will assess where we are and may look at reopening down the line, but that won’t take place for a little while,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

Last week, Westport transferred 8,300 fish from their quota over to the Ilwaco quota, but with the good fishing it didn’t last very long.

“We had a pretty slow week effort wise because of bad weather, and fishing in the ocean off the Columbia River had dropped off a little to 1.3 fish per person [this past week],” Beeghly said.

With that said you don’t need to worry because just outside the Port of Ilwaco sits the Buoy 10 fishery, and that will remain good heading into next month.

“You best option is Buoy 10, which is pretty nice right now,” Beeghly said. “And the good thing is that the [daily] catch limit goes up to three coho, and I bet some people will get their three coho.”

The peak of the coho run at Buoy 10 is usually the second week of September, and then it drops off, according to Beeghly.

“But, this year there are so many darn fish, and we are still seeing so many coho at Westport and La Push that you can only think they’re Columbia River fish still moving down the coast,” Beeghly said. “I got a feeling we might be having a little longer season this year.”

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