Posts tagged: Westport
OCEANS — Jamie Dahlke emailed this photo from her visit to Westport to remind inlanders that we really must make time in the winter to visit the Pacific Coast, and stay through sunset.
SALMON FISHING — Starting Sunday, Aug. 4, anglers fishing in ocean waters off Westport can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.
With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), LaPush (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4). Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.
All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days a week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.
Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the department previously limited anglers off Westport to one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit to ensure that the fisheries would remain open for the entire season.
“Fishing for chinook out of Westport has been really good recently, and we’re keeping a close watch on the pace of the catch. It appears now that enough of the quota for the Westport area remains to allow anglers two chinook per day,” Pattillo said.
Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2, and through Sept. 22 in marine areas 3 and 4.
Pattillo said fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season and will announce any other changes on WDFW’s website.
Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in the WDFW Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet.
FISHING — Here's what some of the region's media are saying this week about salmon fishing in Washington:
Just posted at 1:40 p.m.:
OCEAN FISHING — There was no contest for last week’s Westport “Catch of the Week.”
Daryle Baker of Port Angeles landed a 117-pound halibut in the near-shore area off Westport on May 30, easily assuming the lead for the $1,000 biggest Halibut of the year prize from the Westport Charterboat Association.
The near-shore area continues to be open seven days a week until the poundage quota is met.
The early chinook season begins Saturday, June 9, for hatchery chinook only. The All Species Salmon season
Feeling crabby? Head to the Washington Coast.
The 25th Annual Westport Crab Races and Crab Feed is set for April 21-22.
Tap a leggy crab of good breeding and put it on the race course against other competitiors.
Or soak a crab pot for a chance at winning cash prizes. Thanks to the Washington Dungeness Crab Fishermen’s Association, the Westport Marina has been seeded with ocean-sized Dungeness for the Saturday and Sunday Crab Derby, with a top prize of $1,000.
Some people come just to feast on crab, which is served a variety of ways.
I notice the promoters still offer the option of hot dogs for kids.
Or call the Westport/Grayland Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Information Center toll free, (800) 345-6223.
SALMON FISHING — Beginning Sunday (Aug. 7), anglers fishing in ocean waters off of Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport (Marine Area 2) can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.
With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in all four ocean areas. Anglers fishing La Push (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) have been allowed to keep two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit since Aug. 1.
Coho fishing was good the past few days with anglers averaging a fish a day. Being able to keep two chinook increases the incentive to book a charter.
Read on for more details.
SALMON FISHING — Out with his family for their first ocean fishing experience, 8-year-old Jared Clark of Veradale topped all anglers in last week's Ilwaco king salmon derby with the bright beauty he's posing with above.
Jared had just begun reeling in to check his bait when the chinook struck.
His dad had to help steady the rod, but Jared manned the reel, reports his mother, Shelly.
“The captain got so excited when he saw what Jared had on his line, he ran down to net the fish himself, even though there were two deck hands helping the fishermen,” Shelly said.
The king salmon weighed 21.90 pounds after it was cleaned, earning Jared a handsome $100 prize in addition to being able to take home enough dinner for the neighborhood.
SALMON FISHING — The Washington Coast remains the highlight of early summer salmon fishing, as two other popular inner-marine areas open today.
“Ilwaco had the highest catch with 1.14 fish per person (25 percent was chinook, and the rest was hatchery coho),” Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, told Ron Yuasa of the Seattle Times. “Neah Bay was the other hot spot with 1.2 fish per person. We also saw pinks caught all the way down to Westport, and hardly ever see them this early.”
At Westport, the catch was 0.7 fish per rod, and fish seemed to be more scattered than they'd been early last week, Yuasa said. At La Push they averaged one fish per rod, with almost all hatchery coho.
Read on for more details from Yuasa's report.
FISHING — Don Engle of Spokane survived a close call Sunday in maintaining his lead to win the $1,000 season prize in the Westport halibut derby.
Fishing aboard the Tequila Too, he landed a 64-pound halibut on May 10 that won the weekly Westport derby prize of $500 and has been the derby leader ever since.
On Sunday an angler landed a 133 pounder, but he had neglected to by a derby ticket before going fishing.
So Engle has to hold on until Sunday to see if he remains the leand and claims the season prize.
Westport charterboats are booking for the for this week's final halibut fishing as well as bottomfishing trips and the soon to open salmon seasons.