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More Salmon Fishing Closures & Restrictions Due To Low Returns On Coho

posted by Mike on 10/31/2015

Salmon fishing closes in Willapa Bay and tributaries except for Naselle, Nemah, and Willapa rivers, and Fork Creek



(1) Salmon fishing is closed in Willapa Bay (catch area 2-1).

(2) Salmon fishing is closed in all Willapa Bay tributaries except:

a. Naselle River (Pacific/Wahkiakum counties): Open for salmon fishing from the Highway 4 Bridge to the Crown Mainline (Salme) Bridge. Daily limit 2. Release all salmon except chum and hatchery coho.

b. Willapa River (Pacific County): Open for salmon from the Highway 6 Bridge to Fork Creek. Daily limit 2. Release all salmon except chum and hatchery coho.

c. Fork Creek (Pacific County): Open for salmon. Daily limit 2. Release all salmon except chum and hatchery coho.

d. North Nemah River (Pacific County): Open for salmon through Nov. 30. Daily limit 1. Release all salmon except chum.

(3) Selective gear rules are in effect for salmon and all game fish in all Willapa Bay tributaries.

Effective Date: Nov. 3, 2015, until further notice.

Species affected: Salmon

Location: Willapa Bay and tributaries.

Reason for action: In-season run size assessments conducted by WDFW indicate that coho run sizes are significantly below pre-season forecasts. Conservation objectives may not be achieved for coho if this action is not taken.

Other information: All other special regulations and closures remain in effect. WDFW will continue for monitor the progress of the Willapa Bay coho run.

Information contact: Mike Scharpf, (360) 249-1205

More Coho Restrictions - Hatchery Coho Limit To Be Reduced On Lower Columbia Tributaries

posted by Mike on 10/28/2015




Hatchery adult coho daily limit to be reduced on lower Columbia tributaries


Action: The hatchery adult coho daily limit will be reduced to 1 fish.

Species affected: Adult coho

Effective date: Nov. 1, 2015 until further notice.


Deep River

Grays River including West Fork

Elochoman River

Cowlitz River

Toutle River including North Fork

Green River (Cowlitz County)

Tilton River

Mayfield Lake (Reservoir)

Cispus River

Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir)

Kalama River

Lewis River including North Fork

Washougal River

Other information: The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults of which no more than 1 may be a hatchery adult coho. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook and hatchery coho. Wild chinook may be retained in Deep River and the Lewis River (including North Fork). All other permanent rules remain in effect.

Reason for action: Lower Columbia adult coho hatchery returns are behind schedule and brood stock and re-introduction goals may not be met. A conservative daily limit of one hatchery adult has been implemented in an effort to help achieve those goals.

Information contact: (360) 696-6211. For latest information press *1010.

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