The ocean salmon fisheries at the ports of Ilwaco and Westport will end soon after reaching their salmon catch quota limits.
Westport will close after this Friday, Sept. 19, and Ilwaco will close after Sunday, Sept. 21. Both ports were originally supposed to stay open until Sept. 30, but catches have been very good at both ports all summer since the season began 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.
There are still options along the coast like Grays Harbor that opened on Tuesday, Sept. 16 for coho and Willapa Bay which is open for salmon.
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.