The recreational salmon fishing seasons options for Washington were made today (March 11) at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting in Sacramento, Calif., and the chinook end looks very good, but marginal for hatchery coho.
The high sport catch quota option is 55,000 for chinook and 92,400 for hatchery-marked coho. This will have a selective fishery for hatchery-marked (only those with a missing adipose fin) chinook from June 12-30 with a 19,000 catch quota. The ocean fishing seasons would open July 1 at La Push, Neah Bay and Ilwaco, and July 4 at Westport.
The middle sport catch quota option is 47,500 chinook and 75,600 hatchery-marked coho. This has a nonselective chinook fishery from June 19-30 with a 7,000 catch quota. The ocean fishing seasons would open July 1 at La Push, Neah Bay and Ilwaco, and July 4 at Westport.
The low sport catch quota option is 40,000 chinook and 58,800 hatchery-marked coho. There would be no directed chinook fishery in this option during June. The ocean fishing seasons would start June 29 at La Push and Neah Bay, and June 27 at Westport and Ilwaco.
State Fish and Wildlife will host a coastal fisheries meeting 6 p.m. March 11 at Montesano City Hall, and the next statewide Washington meeting is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 16 at the General Administration Building in Olympia. Final seasons will be made at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel on April 11-15.