Nearshore Salmon Closure Off LBP; King Release Off La Push
UPDATED 9:30 A.M., THURSDAY, JULY 14, 2022 WITH WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RULE CHANGE NOTICES
Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) recreational salmon season update
Action: Closes salmon angling in a portion of Marine Area 1.
Effective date: July 16 through Sept. 30, 2022.
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Marine Area 1, north of 46° 15’ N and east of 124° 08’ 40” W.
Rules and Locations:
Marine Area 1, north of 46° 15’ N and east of 124° 08’ 40” W (This is the area from approximately mid-mouth Columbia River north and within approximately 3 miles of shore.): Closed to salmon fishing.
Marine Area 1, outside of the area listed above: Daily limit 2, no more than 1 of which may be a Chinook. Chinook min. size 22”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho.
Reason for action: This rule change is necessary to extend salmon seasons in Ilwaco. Chinook catches have been larger than expected and these measures are needed to reduce catch of Chinook so that sufficient quota remains to access coho salmon later in the season.
Additional information: The catch quotas for recreational fisheries North of Cape Falcon in 2022 are 27,000 Chinook and 168,000 marked coho, with an Area 1 Chinook guideline of 7,700 and Area 1 coho quota of 84,000.
Columbia River Control Zone is closed to fishing for salmon, except open to fishing from the north jetty when adjacent waters north of the Control Zone are open to fishing for salmon or the Buoy 10 fishery is open to fishing from salmon.
Marine Areas 1 through 4 are scheduled to close September 30, but areas could close earlier if quotas are met.
La Push (Marine Area 3) salmon fishery update
Action: Modifies Chinook daily limits.
Species affected: Salmon.
Location: Marine Area 3.
Rules and effective dates:
Immediately through July 15: Salmon daily limit is 2, including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 24”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho.
July 16 through July 24: Salmon daily limit is 2. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release Chinook and wild coho.
July 25 and Sept 30, 2022: Salmon daily limit is 2, including no more than 1 Chinook. Chinook min. size 24”. Coho min. size 16”. Other salmon species no min. size. Release wild coho.
Reason for action: Modification of the Chinook daily limits in La Push is to ensure that the Chinook quota in the area is to extend salmon seasons in the area as fishing effort is increased due to salmon closures in Marine Area 4.
Additional information: The catch quotas for recreational fisheries North of Cape Falcon in 2022 are 27,000 Chinook and 168,000 marked coho, with an Area 3 Chinook guideline of 995 and Area 3 coho quota of 4,370, and a late season Area 3 Chinook quota of 125.
THE FOLLOWING IS AN OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE ACTION NOTICE
Recreational Ocean Salmon: NOAA Fisheries in consultation with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, representatives from the recreational and the commercial ocean troll salmon fisheries, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council, has taken in-season action with respect to the recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon.
ACTION TAKEN: Recreational ocean salmon angling within the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area (Leadbetter Point, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon), will close to all salmon angling effective 12:01 AM Saturday, July 16 in the following area: Shoreward of 124D 08′ 40″ W long. and North of 46D 15′ N lat.
RATIONALE: Chinook catch in the area had already reached 29.4% of the 7,700 Chinook guideline as of Sunday, July 3 while only 8% of the coho quota has been harvested through the same time period. In order to keep the fishery open to both retention of Chinook salmon (1 per angler) and hatchery coho, the fishery is being closed in this area where Chinook salmon are known to congregate.