The ocean salmon fisheries are dominated right now by coho, and catches have been so good in the southern ports of Ilwaco and Westport that state fisheries managers will be discussing options this afternoon (Wednesday, Sept. 17) that could even mean an early closure.
Westport and Ilwaco are currently open daily for salmon fishing until Sept. 30, but depending on the outcome of the meeting today that closure date could be up for debate.
Catches are even angler participation have been off the charts with averages being better than one fish per rod the entire season which began back in mid-June.
This past week at Ilwaco anglers averaged 1.7 fish per rod, and mostly all the catch was coho with some tipping the scales between 10 to 12 pounds.
At Westport the catch per angler jumped to 1.9 fish per rod, and under a two salmon daily limit you couldn’t find much better action.
Even if the ocean seasons see a premature ending, there are still options like Grays Harbor that opened on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for coho.
Up on the northern coast, the salmon seasons at La Push and Neah Bay won’t get shutdown early, and will run its course with a normal timed closure happening after Sunday, Sept. 21.
At La Push anglers averaged 1.6 fish per rod and at Neah Bay it was 0.8 fish per rod.
The salmon bubble fishery at La Push is open Sept. 27 to Oct. 12.