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September 29, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Coastal salmon fishing summary

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Coastwide Chinook mark-selective fishery (MSF)

The Chinook mark-selective recreational fishery in the area between Cape Falcon, OR and the Queets River opened on June 9; The Columbia Ocean area closed on June 22 and the Westport area closed on June 23. The area between the Queets River and the U.S.-Canada border opened on June 16 and closed on June 30. The Chinook MSF operated under a quota of 8,000 marked Chinook. A total of 7,583 Chinook (95% of the quota) were landed in this fishery.

All-species salmon fishery

The Columbia Ocean Area opened for all salmon species on June 23; the Westport area opened for all salmon species on June 24. The La Push and Neah Bay areas opened for all salmon species on July 1.

The ocean recreational salmon regulations in the Columbia Ocean and Westport areas were modified by in-season action on August 29 to allow unmarked coho retention beginning September 1 in the Westport area and September 3 in the Columbia Ocean area. The remainders on the coho quotas in each area were converted to non-selective equivalents of 9,500 in the Columbia Ocean area and 9,000 in the Westport area.

Note: The only area open for salmon fishing through Sunday, Sept. 30 in the ocean off the coast is Ilwaco.

ILWACO (INCLUDES OREGON)

A total of 453 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending September 23, landing 9 Chinook and 170 coho. Through Sunday, September 23, a cumulative total of 7,767 Chinook (70% of the area guideline) and 1,651 coho (non-selective fishery only; 17% of the non-selective area sub-quota) have been landed.

WESTPORT

A total of 1,684 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending September 23, landing 279 Chinook and 1,874 coho. Through Sunday, September 23, a cumulative total of 14,041 Chinook (55% of the area guideline) and 5,240 coho (non-selective fishery only; 58% of the non-selective area sub-quota) have been landed.

LA PUSH

A total of 192 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending September 23, landing 42 Chinook and 167 coho. Through Sunday, September 23, a cumulative total of 1,045 Chinook (51% of the area guideline) and 2,216 coho (103% of the revised area sub-quota) have been landed.

NEAH BAY

A total of 16 anglers participated in the all-species salmon fishery during the week ending September 23; they landed no Chinook or coho. Through September 23, a cumulative total of 4,699 Chinook (100% of the area guideline) and 7,555 coho (91% of the revised area sub-quota) have been landed.

(Photo by Mark Yuasa)

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