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ADDITIONAL HALIBUT FISHERIES FOR MARINE AREAS 3 AND 4

posted by Mike on 06/18/2019

More sport halibut days to open in Marine Areas 3 and 4

Action: Open recreational halibut fishing on Thursday, June 27 and Saturday, June 29 in Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay). 

Effective date: Immediately

Species affected:  Pacific halibut

Location:  Marine Areas 3 and 4.

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota to open additional days for the sport halibut fishery in Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay).  Adding these days will provide Washington sport halibut anglers with more fishing days and maximize the opportunity to catch the remaining sport quota.   

Additional information: Summary of open sport halibut days for all marine areas.

Marine Area 1

  • All-depth: Open Thursday, June 20. 
  • Nearshore: Open seven days per week.

Marine Area 2

  • Open Thursday, June 20.

Marine Areas 3 and 4:

  • Open Thursday, June 20; Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; and Saturday, June 29

Puget Sound (MA 5-10):

  • Open Thursday, June 20; Saturday, June 22; Thursday, June 27; and Saturday, June 29.

Marine Area 5:

  • It is permissible for halibut anglers to retain Pacific cod caught while fishing for halibut in waters deeper than 120 feet on days that halibut fishing is open. Lingcod season is closed in Marine Area 5.
  • Retention of lingcod and Pacific cod seaward of 120 feet is not permitted on halibut days in Marine Areas 6-10.
  • Marine Areas 11-13 are closed

Marine Areas 1-10

  • Daily bag limit of 1 halibut per angler, with no minimum size limit.  Annual limit of 4. All catch must be recorded on WDFW catch record card.  Possession limits remain the same.

Information contact: Heather Hall, Coastal Policy Coordinator, 360-902-2487.

OCEAN SALMON FISHERIES TO START JUNE 23RD

posted by Mike on 06/18/2018

Recreational salmon fishing gets underway June 23 in the ocean

OLYMPIA – Anglers can reel in salmon off the Washington coast beginning June 23, when three marine areas open for recreational salmon fishing.

Marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push), and 4 (Neah Bay) will be open daily starting Saturday, June 23. Marine Area 2 (Westport) will be open Sundays through Thursdays beginning Sunday, July 1.

Fewer chinook salmon are expected to make their way through Washington's ocean waters this year as compared to 2017, said Wendy Beeghley, a fishery manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

Beeghley said the agency anticipates a return of coho fairly similar to last year's return.

The recreational chinook catch quota this year is 27,500 fish, which is 17,500 fewer fish than 2017's quota of 45,000. Meanwhile, the coho quota is 42,000 fish, the same as in 2017.

Although all four marine areas are scheduled to close Sept. 3, Beeghley reminds anglers that areas could close earlier if the quota is met. Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW's webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/ocean/ for updates.

In marine areas 1, 2, and 4, anglers will be allowed to retain two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 3 will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all marine areas, anglers must release wild coho.

More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2018-19 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

 

OPTIONS FOR 2018 WASHINGTON COASTAL SALMON SEASONS

posted by Mike on 03/14/2018

Federal council announces options for ocean salmon fisheries

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. – Salmon managers have developed options for ocean salmon fisheries that reflect concerns over poor projected returns of coho and chinook salmon this year.

Three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries were approved Wednesday for public review by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), which establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters 3 to 200 miles off the Pacific coast. A public hearing on the three alternatives is scheduled for March 26 in Westport. More details are available online at https://www.pcouncil.org/2017/12/51357/salmon-hearings/.

The three options are designed to protect the low numbers of wild coho and chinook expected to return to the Columbia River and other Washington rivers this year while still providing some fishing opportunities, said Kyle Adicks, salmon fisheries policy lead for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We'll use this range of options to work with stakeholders to develop a final fishing package for 2018 that meets our conservation objectives for wild salmon," Adicks said. "We know that ocean salmon quotas for chinook will be the lowest in several years and that coho quotas will be limited again this year due to weak forecasted returns to several rivers."

This year's forecast of Columbia River fall chinook is down more than 50 percent from the 10-year average. About 112,500 hatchery chinook are expected to return to the lower Columbia River. Those fish, known as "tules" are the backbone of the recreational ocean chinook fishery.

Meanwhile, fishery managers expect 286,200 Columbia River hatchery coho to return to the Washington coast, down about 100,000 fish from last year's forecast. Only 279,300 coho actually returned last year to the Columbia River, where some coho stocks are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Unfavorable environmental conditions, such as warm ocean water and flooding in rivers, have reduced the number of salmon returning to Washington's waters, Adicks said.

The alternatives include the following quotas for recreational fisheries off the Washington coast:

  • Alternative 1: 32,500 chinook and 42,000 coho. Marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) would open June 23, while Marine Area 2 (Westport) would open July 1. All four areas would be open daily through Sept. 3. This option would have a fishery scheduled from Sept. 29-Oct. 14 in the La Push late-season area.
  • Alternative 2: 27,500 chinook and 29,400 coho. Marine areas 1, 3 and 4 would be open daily June 30-Sept. 3, while Marine Area 2 would be open five days per week (Sunday through Thursday) June 24-Sept. 3. This option would also have a fishery scheduled from Sept. 29-Oct. 14 in the La Push late-season area.
  • Alternative 3: 22,500 chinook and 16,800 coho. All four marine areas would be open July 1-Sept. 3. Marine Area 2 would be open Sundays through Thursdays while the other areas would be open daily. This option does not include a late fishery in the La Push area.

Each of the alternatives allows for varying levels of chinook and hatchery coho retention. Fisheries may close early if quotas have been met. For more details about the options, visit PFMC's webpage at https://www.pcouncil.org/blog/.

The first alternative most closely resembles ocean fisheries last summer, when PFMC adopted recreational ocean fishing quotas of 45,000 chinook and 42,000 coho salmon.

Chinook and coho quotas approved by the PFMC will be part of a comprehensive 2018 salmon-fishing package, which includes marine and freshwater fisheries throughout Puget Sound, the Columbia River and Washington's coastal areas. State and tribal co-managers are currently developing those other fisheries.

State and tribal co-managers will complete the final 2018 salmon fisheries package in conjunction with PFMC during its April meeting in Portland, Ore.

Meanwhile, several public meetings are scheduled in March and April to discuss regional fisheries issues. The public can comment on the proposed ocean alternatives and provide their thoughts on other salmon fisheries through WDFW's website at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/northfalcon/. A schedule of public meetings, as well as salmon run-size forecasts and more information about the salmon-season setting process can also be found on the webpage.

 

MARINE AREAS 3 & 4 REOPEN FOR HALIBUT ON JUNE 23RD,2016

posted by Mike on 06/18/2016

Halibut fishing will re-open June 23 in marine areas 3 and 4

 

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for one additional fishing day on Thursday June 23, 2016. Catch through Saturday June 11 was 95,146 pounds leaving 12,884 pounds of quota remaining which is sufficient for another weekday fishing day but not another weekend day fishing day.

Effective date: June 23, 2016

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine areas 3 and 4

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining in Marine Areas 3 and 4 to open the recreational halibut fishery for another day. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628 ext. 202

HALIBUT TO REOPEN IN MARINE AREA 3 & 4 FOR 1 ADDITIONAL DAY ON MAY 28TH,2016

posted by Mike on 05/20/2016

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Halibut fishing re-opens in Marine Areas 3 and 4 on May 28; Westport northern nearshore area will close on May 21

 

Action: Recreational halibut fishing in Marine Area 3 (La Push) and Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) will re-open for one additional fishing day. Closes the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 (Westport).

Effective date: Marine areas 3 and 4: Open May 28, 2016.

Marine Area 2: Closed effective May 21, 2016.

Species affected: Pacific halibut

Location: Marine Areas 2, 3 and 4

Reason for action: There is sufficient quota remaining in Marine areas 3 and 4 to open the recreational halibut fishery for another day. The recreational halibut quota for the northern nearshore area in Marine Area 2 has reached the Pacific halibut quota reserved for this area; there is not enough quota pounds available to open this area for an additional fishing day. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC).

Additional Information: Recreational halibut fishing remains open in other coastal and Puget Sound areas.

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco): Open 4 days/week (Thursday-Sunday) in all depth areas, and the Neashore area is open on days when the all depth halibut fishery is closed (Mon-Wed) until the subarea quota is taken.

Marine areas 5-10 (Puget Sound): Open May 26 through 29, Thursday through Sunday.

Information contact: Heather Reed, (360) 249-4628, ext. 202.

Marine Area 2 Westport Opens For Two Chinook Limit - Neah Bay Reopens For Chinook August 14th & 15th For One Fish Limit

posted by Mike on 08/13/2015

Anglers allowed 2 chinook off Westport;
Neah Bay re-opens for chinook Aug. 14-15

 

 

OLYMPIA - Anglers will be allowed to retain two chinook salmon daily beginning Saturday, Aug. 15, in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), state fishery managers announced today.

In addition, anglers can keep one chinook per day while fishing off Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) for two days, Aug. 14 and 15.

Anglers off Westport were previously limited to one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit to ensure that the fishery would remain open for the entire season, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

"We're keeping a close eye on the catch rate and are in a good position to allow anglers two chinook per day without exceeding the harvest guideline for Westport," Milward said.

Through Aug. 9, anglers fishing out of Westport had caught 13,515 chinook of the 29,295 harvest guideline.

Meanwhile, WDFW is allowing anglers to keep chinook for two days off Neah Bay, which was closed to chinook retention earlier this month when anglers came close to meeting the harvest guideline for the area.

"Anglers caught fewer chinook than we expected in the last few days Neah Bay was open," Milward said. "We have a sufficient number of chinook remaining under the guideline to re-open for two days."

Anglers fishing in Marine Area 4 currently have a daily limit of two salmon, plus two additional pink salmon, but must release wild coho, chinook and chum. Anglers can retain one chinook as part of the daily limit Aug. 14 and 15.

Beginning Aug. 16, the regulations revert back to those prior to the two-day chinook opening in Neah Bay.

Those anglers fishing east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line in Marine Area 4 may not keep chinook. This section of Marine Area 4 will remain closed to chinook retention Aug. 14 and 15.

The changes announced today do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and La Push (Marine Area 3). In both areas, anglers can keep one chinook as part of the daily limit of two salmon. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 3 can also retain an additional two pink salmon.

More information on the ocean fishery, including catch guidelines and size limits, can be found in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/

 

Ocean Salmon Season Opens May 30th

posted by Mike on 05/29/2015

2015 ocean salmon-fishing season

 

Action: Opens ocean recreational salmon season.

Effective dates and Locations:

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco)

May 30 through June 12 - Open seven days per week, 2 salmon daily limit. Release wild chinook and all coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches.

June 13 until further notice: Daily limit of 2 salmon, of which not more than one may be a chinook salmon, release wild coho.

Marine Area 2 (Westport-Ocean Shores)

May 30 through June 12 - Open seven days per week, 2 salmon daily limit. Release wild chinook and all coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches.

June 13 until further notice: Daily limit of 2 salmon, of which not more than one may be a chinook salmon, release wild coho.

Marine Area 2-1 (Willapa Bay)

Open concurrent with Area 2 when Area 2 is open for salmon angling. Area 2 rules apply.

Marine Area 2-2, west of the Buoy 13 line, (Grays Harbor)

Open concurrent with Area 2 when Area 2 is open for salmon angling. Area 2 rules apply.

Marine Areas 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay)

May 15-16, May 22-23, and May 30 through June 12 - Open seven days per week, 2 salmon daily limit plus 2 additional pink salmon. Release wild chinook and all coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches. In Area 4, Closed east of a true north/south line running through Sail Rock.

Closed to salmon angling inside the area bounded by a line from Kydaka Point to Shipwreck Point.

June 13 until further notice: daily limit of 2 salmon, release wild coho.

Species affected: Salmon

Reason for action: Opens ocean recreational salmon seasons that were previously announced following the Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings in April.

Information Contact: Doug Milward 360-902-2739

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