Anglers may keep wild or hatchery coho beginning Monday (Sept. 1) at Ilwaco, and Friday (Sept. 6) at Westport, and only hatchery coho may be kept at La Push and Neah Bay.
Currently only hatchery-marked coho may be kept off the coast. The ocean off Ilwaco and Westport is open daily for salmon through Sept. 30, and La Push and Neah Bay are open through Sept. 22. The brief Grays Harbor king fishery is open Sept. 16-22, and then open Sept. 23-Nov. 30, release chinook.
Bad weather was an issue on the southern coast for most of the week where anglers at Ilwaco averaged 0.1 chinook and 0.4 coho per rod. At Westport they had a catch of 0.2 for chinook and 0.7 for coho.
La Push saw good fishing with half-a-chinook and 1.1 on coho per person, and if you add pinks into the mix the catch shoots up to 1.9 fish per rod.
At Neah Bay, anglers averaged 0.3 chinook per rod, and 0.6 for coho, plus a good number of pinks were milling around and if you include them it was 1.2 fish per rod.
That swarm of pinks off the northern coast might be short-lived with the recent rainstorm will likely push the mass of fish further into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget Sound.