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Anglers fishing off Ilwaco can keep up to two - 7:29 a.m. 9/5/2014
Anglers fishing off Ilwaco can keep up to two
chinook, retain both hatchery and wild coho

OLYMPIA – Anglers fishing in Marine Area 1 off Ilwaco can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their daily catch limit starting Saturday, Sept. 6. They also will be allowed to retain hatchery and wild coho beginning that day.

Anglers have a two-salmon daily catch limit in all four marine areas off the Washington coast. With the changes announced today for Marine Area 1, anglers will be allowed to retain both wild and hatchery coho in marine areas 1-4. All four areas are open daily.

As part of the two-fish daily limit, anglers will be allowed to keep up to two chinook per day in all ocean areas. However, anglers fishing east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh Line in Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) must release all chinook.

Anglers initially were limited to one chinook salmon and hatchery coho – those marked with a clipped adipose fin – in order to ensure the fishery would remain open the entire season, said Doug Milward, ocean salmon manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“We set conservative catch limits to start the season and have kept a close watch on the pace of harvest,” Milward said. “Enough chinook and coho remain off Ilwaco in the catch quota to make this change and still meet our conservation goals.”

Through Aug. 31, anglers fishing out of Ilwaco had caught 77 percent, or 10,130 fish, of the 13,100 chinook catch quota and had caught 66 percent, or 60,998 fish, of the 92,400 coho quota.

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 21 in marine areas 3 and 4 and through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2. A portion of Marine Area 3 will open again Sept. 27 through Oct. 12.

Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season and will announce any other changes on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/ .

Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and catch guidelines, is available in WDFW’s Sportfishing Rules pamphlet, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/ .

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

eggs - 3:22 p.m. 9/3/2014
Day after labor day and the crowds
were gone and the fish were biting.
Went 2 for 4 and managed a 17 lb
chinook and a 7 lb steelhead by 7:15.
Huge roe sacks in the chinook are
free to whoever wants them. shoot me
an email, I'm in Salmon Creek.

aaron shinn - Vancouver, Wa

Still commin in the NF - 12:11 a.m. 9/3/2014

Yep... I know the value of a good guided trip for learning the area. Spend 200 on the trip and save 2 years of stumbling around aimlessly while spending much more. My father was a Walleye guide for 20 years so I get it. 10 % catch all the fish. I saw a boat on Saterday catch 5 salmon at the bar while most others blanked or got 2 at best. My bet is they had the right slow wobble with a long 9 foot dropper and 6 foot leader...plus the right slot.

Are ther still fish in good numbers comming to the hatchery everyday on the NF? I dont fish up there but I read there was quite a few fish. I wanna fish the lower areas...golf course..happa and Island. Anyone still catchin fish?


Jay S

Lewis return - 12:08 p.m. 9/2/2014
Anyone know what the fall return number are
suppose to be for the lewis

Mike - Battle ground

Jeff from Vancouver - 4:22 p.m. 9/1/2014
Jeff, I'm at Frenchmans almost everyday ...not fishing, just watching . It's been very slow . A couple Coho in the last several days. No spinners...bring flashers and bricks. No Steelhead that I have seen . If you come down, look for my Chevy Astro and my small black and white dog. Say hi. Good luck.

David - Vancouver

Columbia - 10:15 a.m. 8/31/2014
The Columbia is a game of feet. These fish
swim up tiny slots. With years of river
knowledge and outstanding GPS fish finders
you can get in the slots. Mix that with finely
tuned wobblers and you got two different
fishing worlds, those work hard and learn the
river and those that bump in to one now and
then. Keep learning the river, pay for a guide
trip now and then and learn from the people
that do it for a living. God Bless America!

Fred Bear - Woodland,WA

gps - 5:18 p.m. 8/30/2014
Jay, those guys are pros. They have a lot of
river knowledge and know where the fish
are. Also, they have a lot of sponsors that
want you to run out and buy their product.
You most likely won't do that if they tell you
that the fishing is slow.
Its been real good closer to the coast. Its
been fair to good else where. The run is
definately gonna be a good one. Hang in
there, the best is yet to come.

GT - sw wa

Lets be honest about the last 4 or 5 days - 9:14 p.m. 8/29/2014

Ya know...I watch that Outdoor GPS show every time its on and mabey they are seeing something I have not. They said that the bite was excellent and fishing has been great all through the Columbia system below boniville. Well this past week its been a dead sea. I fished 3 of the last 5 days on Woodland Bar. 2 of those days right at the mouth of the Lewis just inside the Columbia. I bet there were 200 boats within view and I saw exactly 2 salmon and 2 Steelhead caught for all those boats....fishing from before the tide till after. I was plunking from shore. Someone please point me to the areas that the GPS guys on Comcast are refering so I can join the good fishing.
Ok....rant over but please....give accurate info....gps


Jay S - Vancouver

Weekender Report click on web site - 5:58 p.m. 8/29/2014

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

Speelyai Park closing temporarily for renovation - 3:19 p.m. 8/28/2014
Speelyai Park closing temporarily for renovation
Popular recreation area enhancements to be completed before winter

WOODLAND, Wash. — PacifiCorp’s popular Speelyai Park on the Merwin Reservoir of the Lewis River will be temporarily closed beginning Sept. 2 until at least mid-December for renovation and significant enhancements. A contractor will completely replace the park’s septic system, construct improvements to the parking lot and the picnic area, and install additional ADA access to benefit all members of the public.

The temporary park closure includes the Speelyai boat ramp, but boat launching on Merwin Reservoir can still be accommodated at PacifiCorp’s nearby Cresap Bay Park through the end of September. Day-use activities, including picnicking, are still open at both Cresap Bay and Merwin Park.

“These improvements will make Speelyai Park even better and more enjoyable. Labor Day weekend is an incredibly busy one at the park, so we waited for that to pass and now will begin immediately to make sure all these upgrades are done by winter and ready for our guests next spring,” said Sheila Holden, Pacific Power regional community manager “These improvements will benefit the health, safety, convenience and enjoyment for everyone. We know people will appreciate that, but also appreciate knowing about this short-term inconvenience ahead of time so they can make alternative plans if this beautiful weather continues.”

In advance of the busy Labor Day weekend, signs have been posted at the Speelyai boat ramp and notices will be given to anyone entering the area.

PacifiCorp operates 10 parks open to the public in Washington. For more information about outdoor recreation areas in Washington offered by PacifiCorp, visit: http://www.pacificorp.com/about/or/washington.html.


Tom Gauntt

Spokesman, Pacific Power


Media Hotline: 800-570-5838

Noel Johnson - Woodland, WA

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Stream flow and reservoir levels at:
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