funbeach http://funbeach.com Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:46:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Get Ready to Dig! WDFW Announces BONUS Digs! http://funbeach.com/razor-clam-dig-dates/ http://funbeach.com/razor-clam-dig-dates/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:00:55 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=10528 The 2014 recreational razor clam season is here! Get ready to dig! The 2014 Razor Clam Season is HERE and this year is expected to be even better than last year’s banner season with over 6 million razor clams harvested! The whole family can take part in this uniquely Pacific Northwest subsistence activity. Read the...

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Screen Shot 2014-04-11 at 12.28.06 PMThe 2014 recreational razor clam season is here!

Get ready to dig! The 2014 Razor Clam Season is HERE and this year is expected to be even better than last year’s banner season with over 6 million razor clams harvested! The whole family can take part in this uniquely Pacific Northwest subsistence activity.

Read the latest WDFW press release on clam digs.

TENTATIVE DATES:  

•           Apr. 27, Sunday, 5:53 a.m.,  -0.3 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula
•           Apr. 28, Monday, 6:39 a.m., -0.8 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula
•           Apr. 29, Tuesday,  7:22 a.m., -1.1 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula
•           Apr. 30, Wednesday, 8:03 a.m., -1.2 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula
•           May 01, Thursday, 8:43 a.m., -1.0 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
•           May 02, Friday, 9:23 a.m., -0.7 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
•           May 03, Saturday, 10:04 a.m., -0.3 feet, Long Beach Peninsula
•           May 04, Sunday, 10:47 a.m., 0.1 feet,  Long Beach Peninsula

Harvest Rules:

        • By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.
        • All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.
        • The final word on beach openings is announced about a week before each dig is scheduled to start, provided marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.
        • Information about current and proposed digs, as well as the location of Washington’s razor clam beaches, is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.

Here is a GREAT video, by David Campiche of the Shelburne Inn and Restaurant on how to clean your razor clams!

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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Get ready for an action packed weekend on the Long Beach Peninsula! http://funbeach.com/get-ready-action-packed-weekend-long-beach-peninsula/ http://funbeach.com/get-ready-action-packed-weekend-long-beach-peninsula/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:14:48 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=16408 Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco, WA State Parks FREE Days, Beach Cleanup, Local Art, and RAZOR CLAMS GALORE! There is tons of family friendly fun to be had all weekend long! 2014 Razor Clam Season Continues The morning razor clam dig continues through Easter weekend. Read all about the current dig on our...

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Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco, WA State Parks FREE Days, Beach Cleanup, Local Art, and RAZOR CLAMS GALORE! There is tons of family friendly fun to be had all weekend long!

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The morning razor clam dig continues through Easter weekend. Read all about the current dig on our recent Clam Digging Blog! April 15-20


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In honor of Spring Saturday Free Day, and in Honor of Earth Day, all Washington State Parks will have Free admission! No Discover Pass required! Get out and behold the beauty of the Long Beach Peninsula! April 19 & 22


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Return of the Giant Fry Pan

The Long Beach Razor Clam Festival returns with tons of fun for the whole family! Free Clam digging lessons, contests, live music, entertainment, the 2nd Annual Chowder Taste-Off and new this year, the RETURN of the Giant Fry Pan! Come out and celebrate this uniquely Northwest family subsistence activity! April 19


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Saturday Market at the Port

The Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco is opening early this year for a special Clam Festival Market! Head to the Port from 10AM-4PM and stroll along the beautiful waterfront and shop ’til you drop! Don’t forget to check out the local shops, art galleries, and delicious dining options available at the beautiful Port of Ilwaco! Don’t worry, there is plenty of parking! April 19


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Calling all “Voluntourists

Join the Grass Roots Garbage Gang on Saturday at 10:30 AM on all our major Peninsula beach approaches. Come out and help clean our 28 miles of beach. All are welcome and FREE chowder is included after volunteering! Treasure the beauty of our beaches and lend a hand in honor of Earth Day! April 19


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Laughing Clam Art Sale

The Peninsula Arts Association is having a special Art sale in conjunction with the Razor Clam Festival. Check out the amazing art offerings at their space located at 3rd North & Pacific in downtown Long Beach from 10AM-5PM on Saturday! April 19


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Birding Takes Flight in Pacific County http://funbeach.com/birding-takes-flight-in-pacific-county/ http://funbeach.com/birding-takes-flight-in-pacific-county/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:48:14 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=13725 The Long Beach Peninsula is known for many great things, one of which is Birding. More than 300 species of birds make their home on the Long Beach Peninsula. Whether you are searching for Great Blue Herons, Trumpeter Swans, the Western Screech-Owl, or perhaps the Red-Breasted Sapsucker – the possibilities are endless. With several distinct...

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flockThe Long Beach Peninsula is known for many great things, one of which is Birding. More than 300 species of birds make their home on the Long Beach Peninsula. Whether you are searching for Great Blue Herons, Trumpeter Swans, the Western Screech-Owl, or perhaps the Red-Breasted Sapsucker – the possibilities are endless.

With several distinct eco-systems in this very corner of southwest Washington State, Pacific County includes Pacific Ocean seashore and marshland, lakes, inland waterways, wetlands, the Columbia River, the Willapa Bay and it’s many tributaries. Hundreds of species of birds migrate here each fall. Winter flocks consist mostly of Sanderlings, Dunlins, Black-Bellied Plovers and a few Western Sandpipers, and a spattering of Marbled Godwits. Peregrine Falcons are numerous and Merlins often sighted. In years’ past Snow Buntings have been seen at Leadbetter Point. Numerous sea ducks, grebes and loons can be observed along points on the Cape Disappointment State Park jetty, Coast Guard boat basin/launch and various points along Willapa Bay. Western Screech Owls and Great Horned Owls might be heard calling in the Seaview bluffs. Gulls are numerous, always with the chance of seeing an unusual species. Trumpeter Swans overwinter on Black Lake and Hines Marsh.

owlThe most basic equipment required for bird watching may be your eyes, but having a set of binoculars, some rain gear, a notepad and paper, a camera and a field guide may prove to be beneficial! While visiting the Peninsula for a birding trip, be sure to stop by the Jack’s Country Store in Ocean Park or Dennis Company in Long Beach for nearly all of your birding needs!

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge is for the birds! Established in 1937 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to protect migrating and wintering populations of brant, waterfowl, shorebirds, and other migratory birds, the refuge is rich in birdlife any time of the year. Be sure to stop by the information center for tips on birding at the Refuge.

Looking for birding options from the comforts of shelter? Look no further! The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is a great spot for those intimidated by the elements. Enjoy the views from their glassed-in observation deck. If you want an even more intimate setting from the great indoors, then reserve a room at The Dove Shire Bed & Breakfast, where they cater to birders by offering sites right on their property! The China Beach Retreat in Ilwaco is a charming cottage in a cove between Cape Disappointment State Park and the Port of Ilwaco, right along the marshes of the bay making it the perfect spot for seeing one of our most majestic residents, the Great Blue Heron.

Click here for a list of Birding Sites in Pacific County
Click here for a list of birds viewed locally by season
Click Here for a Pacific County Birding Checklist

Go with the pros! Shoalwater Birders host monthly field trips on the fourth Saturday of each month that takes members, and anyone interested, to many favorite local birding spots on the Peninsula and surrounding areas. Wind, rain, and the occasional sun break do not dampen the enjoyment of finding many local and not so local migratory species that can be uncommon to the area. Everyone is welcome to join.

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Stop by the Visitor’s Bureau for a Guide to Birding in Pacific County, Washington or the Chinook Observer for a copy of Common Birds of the Long Beach Peninsula

Remember to follow birding ethics:

  • Respect private property; do not trespass.
  • Stay on trails and avoid disturbing habitat.
  • Observe and photograph birds without disturbing them.
  • Never chase or flush birds. Walk slowly and stay concealed.
  • Do not use recordings to attract birds.

Injured Bird?
Contact the Wildlife Center of the North Coast at 503.338.0331


 

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Surfing http://funbeach.com/surfing/ http://funbeach.com/surfing/#comments Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:19:19 +0000 http://funbeach.net/?p=16179 Bring your boards and wet suits or rent some gear and take a lesson here! The Long Beach Peninsula is a great place to learn how to surf, it can dish up some really fun beach break and there’s always whitewater for the beginner surfer. Water temperatures are typically 10 degrees warmer than anywhere in the...

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Bring your boards and wet suits or rent some gear and take a lesson here!

The Long Beach Peninsula is a great place to learn how to surf, it can dish up some really fun beach break and there’s always whitewater for the beginner surfer. Water temperatures are typically 10 degrees warmer than anywhere in the northwest. With 28 miles of white sand beach, you never have to worry about crowds. If you are looking for company in the water, you’re most likely to find other surfers at the Seaview beach approach on 38th street.

Surf's Up!

A few things to keep in mind:

  • The water here can get warm but it is NEVER warm enough to surf without a wetsuit
  • There is often a side shore current on the beach that is definitely something to be aware of (hint: don’t drift further than you’re willing to walk back up the beach)
  • The surf is usually bigger than it looks from the beach and the slope of the beach is very shallow
  • If you’re not a strong paddler, stay waist to chest deep
  • Surf with buddies
  • Be aware and know how to identify a rip tide
  • The ocean can be unpredictable if you don’t have the skills and local knowledge to read the conditions

If you are new to surfing or unfamiliar with our area we strongly recommend that you take a lesson. Our friends at Skookum Surf Co. offer surf lessons tailored to the abilities of each student, from beginners to intermediate surfers.

If you’re already an experienced surfer and are looking to explore the area, look for east winds or under 10 knots, swell heights under 4 ft, and swell periods of 11-15 seconds when checking your favorite surf forecast website. For a visual, check out the Skookum Surf Cam, located atop the [pickled fish] restaurant.

Remember, we encourage you to enjoy all that our area has to offer, but we always want safety to be at the forefront of all of your activities to ensure you have a fun experience on our Peninsula and stay safe in our waters!

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See for yourself! With all the ingredients of an authentic Northwest Coastal Experience, the Long Beach Peninsula Welcomes You http://funbeach.com/see-for-yourself-with-all-the-ingredients-of-an-authentic-northwest-coastal-experience-the-long-beach-peninsula-welcomes-you/ http://funbeach.com/see-for-yourself-with-all-the-ingredients-of-an-authentic-northwest-coastal-experience-the-long-beach-peninsula-welcomes-you/#comments Sat, 22 Feb 2014 00:56:48 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=14563 Our villages offer great seafood and delectable regional cuisine, comfortable lodging, cute shops, colorful festivals, and one-of-a-kind attractions. Surrounded by the mighty Pacific Ocean, the beautiful Columbia River and pristine Willapa Bay – Nature’s wonders are plentiful! Take in a little slice of cultural paradise in our three new videos! Discovery Awaits! Significant U.S. History...

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Our villages offer great seafood and delectable regional cuisine, comfortable lodging, cute shops, colorful festivals, and one-of-a-kind attractions. Surrounded by the mighty Pacific Ocean, the beautiful Columbia River and pristine Willapa Bay – Nature’s wonders are plentiful!

Take in a little slice of cultural paradise in our three new videos!

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Discovery Awaits!
Significant U.S. History
In 1788, while seeking the Columbia River, English explorer Captain John Meares missed the passage. In his discouragement, he named the nearby headland Cape Disappointment. Captain William Clark and 11 others arrived at Cape Disappointment on November 18, 1805. The Cape Disappointment lighthouse began operating in 1856 and is the oldest operating lighthouse on the West Coast. At the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, learn about The Corps of Discovery’s 18 days in Pacific County and culmination of their journey across the Continental U.S. Their voyage opened the path to westward expansion by land.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Arts & Culture
Unique Museums
Several one-of-a-kind museums and interpretive centers dot Pacific County
and the Long Beach Peninsula. At the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum,
explore the region’s history in the freight depot of the Ilwaco Railway and Navigation Company and four additional galleries. A colorful standout, the World Kite Museum is the only American museum dedicated exclusively to the art, science and history of kites. The Northwest Carriage Museum showcases exquisite Victorian-era carriages. The Cranberry Museum, Willapa Bay Interpretive Center, Marsh’s Free Museum and Pacific County Historical Society Museum are among the other great stops.

Click here to view the embedded video.

Dine at the Source
Northwest Coast Culinary Adventures Acclaimed chefs have opened restaurants up and down the Peninsula. Drawn by the proximity to Willapa Bay oysters, Columbia River salmon, Dungeness crab, razor clams, wild mushrooms, and appetite enhancing fresh sea air, this talented group brings this delectable abundance to the diner’s table. Food festivals and seasonal markets also connect visitors with local foods, traditions and flavors.


Events on the Horizon

Peninsula Quilt Guild Show – Ilwaco, March 14-16
FREE WA State Park Day – Peninsula-wide, March 19
Spring Break Family Kite Fun – Long Beach, March 22 – April 20
Beach Clean Up Day – Peninsula-wide, April 19
Tokeland North Cove Studio Art Tour – Tokeland, April 19
Long Beach Razor Clam Festival – Long Beach, April 19-20
FREE WA State Park Day – Peninsula-wide, April 22
Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show – Long Beach, April 25-27
Black Lake Trout Fishing Derby
– Ilwaco, April 26

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Love is in the Air on the Long Beach Peninsula http://funbeach.com/love-is-in-the-air-on-the-long-beach-peninsula/ http://funbeach.com/love-is-in-the-air-on-the-long-beach-peninsula/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 19:33:00 +0000 http://funbeach.com/?p=14491 Make Your Valentine’s Weekend Escape and Head to Washington’s Beautiful Long Beach Peninsula! No need for Valentine’s Day in order to enjoy these Top 10 Romantic Activities – you can create your own romantic getaway anytime of the year! 1. Hike North Head Lighthouse Light Keeper’s Trail. This trail offers a smaller path with enough...

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Make Your Valentine’s Weekend Escape and Head to Washington’s Beautiful Long Beach Peninsula!

No need for Valentine’s Day in order to enjoy these Top 10 Romantic Activities – you can create your own romantic getaway anytime of the year!

6d3f8ec5bb691907ce6049ea9318322d1. Hike North Head Lighthouse Light Keeper’s Trail. This trail offers a smaller path with enough privacy for you to lock lips with enchanting views of crashing waves swirling around you at the iconic North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park.

2. Renew your vows at the Historic Oysterville Church. No ceremony, no distractions, no fuss. Just you and your sweetheart living in the moment.

3. Dine in an intimate setting! The Peninsula offers a wide variety of cozy and delicious restaurants. Make your reservations at Jimella & Nanci’s Market Café as it reopens on February 14!

oysters4. Enjoy a storm with your love. Take pleasure in the wind and rain keeping you indoors. Check into an oceanfront room with a soaking tub and relax.

5. Stroll the Ilwaco Waterfront. Explore the beauty of the Port of Ilwaco! Stop in at Time Enough Books or Don Nisbett’s Art Gallery  for a thoughtful gift for your partner.

6. Catch a morning sunrise over the beautiful Columbia River. Start your day off right with an energizing sunrise over the Columbia! Take in the breathtaking beauty of the early morning light as it spills over the bridge and shines through the trees.

7. Feast on delectable local oysters. Oysters are perhaps the most famous of aphrodisiacs and you can’t get them any fresher than straight out of the pristine waters of Willapa Bay.

8. Take a romantic horseback ride on the beach. Whether you ride your own horse or you join kissingsunsetSkipper’s Equestrian Center on a rejuvenating ride along the water, you are sure to have a wonderful time!

9. Build a beach bonfire & watch the sunset. Bundle up, roast some marshmallows and enjoy an inspiring beverage while you snuggle up! Adrift Hotel makes it easy as they offer a special bonfire package!

10. Share something sweet! Pick up some delicious cakes and goodies at the Cottage Bakery, create your own box of chocolates at The Candy Man or stop by Jack’s Country Store for a large selection of nostalgic candies!


Events on the Horizon

Peninsula Quilt Guild Show – Ilwaco, March 14-16
FREE WA State Park Day – Peninsula-wide, March 19
Spring Break Family Kite Fun – Long Beach, March 22 – April 20
Beach Clean Up Day – Peninsula-wide, April 19
Tokeland North Cove Studio Art Tour – Tokeland, April 19
Long Beach Razor Clam Festival – Long Beach, April 19-20
FREE WA State Park Day – Peninsula-wide, April 22
Peninsula Arts Association Spring Show – Long Beach, April 25-27
Black Lake Trout Fishing Derby
– Ilwaco, April 26

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Birding http://funbeach.com/birding-2/ http://funbeach.com/birding-2/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 04:00:35 +0000 http://funbeach.net/?p=16249 “The Long Beach Peninsula is a Birder’s Paradise!” Herons. Pelicans. Murrelets. Bald Eagles. Hawks. Plovers. Sandpipers. Gulls. Swans Hummingbirds…the list of birds that frequent the Peninsula is seemingly endless. Click here for a list of birds regularly viewed on the Peninsula, noted by season. This list includes links to photos and additional information about local...

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“The Long Beach Peninsula is a Birder’s Paradise!”

Herons. Pelicans. Murrelets. Bald Eagles. Hawks. Plovers. Sandpipers. Gulls. Swans Hummingbirds…the list of birds that frequent the Peninsula is seemingly endless. Click here for a list of birds regularly viewed on the Peninsula, noted by season. This list includes links to photos and additional information about local species. Here is a print-friendly bird checklist to use while you are here.

 

Injured Bird?
Contact the Wildlife Center of the North Coast at 503.338.0331

The Shoalwater Birders are a friendly group who believe that any day is better when we share it with our bird friends. The group meets the second Wednesday of January, April, July & October at 7:00 pm in the Ocean Park Library.

Click here for more information on the Great Washington Birding Trail. All of the maps are now being sold with the proceeds going toward reprinting of the popular publications and promoting the trail overall. The cost is just $4.95 plus tax and shipping.

The Southwest Loop Trail Map is available through the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau office; 1-800-451-2542.

 

Peninsula Birder Suzy Whittey published in Birders’ World Magazine

 

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Bike Rentals http://funbeach.com/bike-rentals/ http://funbeach.com/bike-rentals/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 03:59:51 +0000 http://funbeach.net/?p=16247 Didn’t bring your bike? No problem! Whether your idea of biking is a beach cruiser, a bicycle built for two, a surrey for the whole group, or maybe a recumbent or moped. We have plenty of options to fit your needs!

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Didn’t bring your bike? No problem! Whether your idea of biking is a beach cruiser, a bicycle built for two, a surrey for the whole group, or maybe a recumbent or moped. We have plenty of options to fit your needs!

Bike Rentals at the beach

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Go Karts http://funbeach.com/go-karts/ http://funbeach.com/go-karts/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 03:18:32 +0000 http://funbeach.net/?p=16177 It wouldn’t be Long Beach without the excitement of Go-Karts. Located on the corner of Pacific Way and Sid Snyder for over 54 years, the Go-Karts have been thrilling all ages, with a separate track for Kids’ Karts, since 1965. Make this classic tradition a part of your favorite beach memories!

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It wouldn’t be Long Beach without the excitement of Go-Karts. Located on the corner of Pacific Way and Sid Snyder for over 54 years, the Go-Karts have been thrilling all ages, with a separate track for Kids’ Karts, since 1965. Make this classic tradition a part of your favorite beach memories!

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Fishing at the Mouth of the Columbia http://funbeach.com/fishing-mouth-columbia/ http://funbeach.com/fishing-mouth-columbia/#comments Sun, 02 Feb 2014 03:13:32 +0000 http://funbeach.net/?p=16162 News | Ilwaco | Sturgeon | Salmon | Halibut | Tuna Bottom Fishing | Surf Perch | General Info Buoy 10 (Columbia River Mouth) Conditions & Information from the National Data Buoy Center. Ilwaco, known as the ‘Fishing Capital of the West’, boasts of having the nicest port basin on the coast. Most of the...

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News | Ilwaco | Sturgeon | Salmon | Halibut | Tuna
Bottom Fishing | Surf Perch | General Info

Buoy 10 (Columbia River Mouth) Conditions & Information from the National Data Buoy Center.

Ilwaco, known as the ‘Fishing Capital of the West’, boasts of having the nicest port basin on the coast. Most of the waterfront consists of a large boat basin, which will accommodate 1000 sport and commercial fishing vessels. Here experienced skippers continue a longtime tradition of this quaint fishing village: taking locals and visitors out on charter fishing trips.

Type of Charter
Sturgeon
Salmon:
Pacific Ocean

Salmon
Columbia River:

Halibut
Bottom Fishing
Tuna
Season
year-round
TBA
TBA
May & August
May – Sept
July – Sept
Contact your local charter office for prices and current information.
Don’t forget to tip your deck hand! Tips average from $5 to $35 or more per passenger – reward good service!

Sturgeon are the largest freshwater species Washington anglers are likely to encounter. This prehistoric fish is available in the Columbia and Willapa Rivers year-round. Both green and white sturgeon are caught locally, but whites are the most common and certainly the largest, sometimes measuring over eight feet and weighing several hundred pounds.

Sturgeon feed on the bottom, cruising along and picking up tasty morsels with their sucker-like mouth. Anglers usually fish for them with smelt, shrimp and other baits anchored on bottom. Hooked sturgeon, especially the larger ones, may jump completely out of the water, providing a spectacular show for anglers or anyone who happens by at the right time! Since sturgeon must be between 42 and 60 inches to keep, lots get caught and thrown back making it an exciting day. There’s nothing like seeing the twinkle in the eye of a youngster who pulls in a fish taller than she is!

A sturgeon fishing trip on the Columbia River is perfect for those who might be concerned about sea-sickness. Sturgeon and salmon trips start at 5am for 8 hours or until the boat limits.

The Pacific Northwest is known for its outstanding salmon fishing and the last few years have given outstanding runs. First and foremost among salmon-fishing trophies is, of course, the chinook. Chinook are the largest of the Pacific salmon, occasionally growing to over 100 pounds, which is part of the reason for their nickname, ‘king salmon.’ The biggest saltwater kings are caught in summer and early fall when mature salmon move toward freshwater spawning grounds. Spring-chinook fisheries in the mid-Columbia Washington tributaries are very popular with anglers.

Coho or ‘Silver’ Salmon are smaller than chinook, but their relative abundance and unpredictable fighting style make them a favorite among anglers. A typical adult coho weighs four to 10 pounds, but specimens of over 20 pounds have been caught from Evergreen State waters.

Pink Salmon or ‘humpies’ are a common catch during odd-numbered years. With a two-year life cycle, shorter than the other salmon, they don’t get as big, averaging three or four pounds at maturity and seldom topping the 10-pound mark.

The Chum Salmon’s nickname ‘dog salmon’ is not deserved, especially when you consider its fighting ability. Chum are the second-largest of the Pacific salmon, and Washington anglers catch many of them in the high-teens and low-20-pound range.

Sockeye Salmon are considered by many to be the best-eating of all salmon, but anglers catch relatively few of them on hook-and-line.

The ocean season begins in mid-July and runs through the end of October. ‘Buoy 10′ (Columbia River salmon fishing) starts at the beginning of August and runs into October. Each fisherman may catch two fish per day.

The heavyweight champ of Northwest saltwater fish is the Pacific halibut, which may grow to 400 pounds or more. Halibut populations boomed in the early 1980s, and the fish’s popularity also soared, to the point that halibut fishing has become extremely popular locally. Halibut like to feed on and around underwater mountains and plateaus. The best tends to be early in the season, which runs May through September.. Give it a try!

 

 

While the season runs May through October, Tuna fisherman are encouraged to call their favorite charter company every couple of weeks starting in August. When the tuna are in close enough, the charter boats will head out into the Pacific in pursuit of them. The fishing strategy usually involves trolling surface lures until a school is located, then drifting live anchovies. Albacore are incredibly strong, fast swimmers, and also excellent table fare.

 

Bottom fishing is fun for all ages with lots of action and liberal limits. Boats go out bottom fishing between May and September seeking more than 15 kinds of rock fish, including sea bass, yelloweye, canary, blue, copper, tiger, china, cabezon, kelp greenling, boccaccio, black, pollack and Pacific cod. Each fisherman can land and keep 10 assorted rock fish plus 1 ling cod. Lingcod are as prized by saltwater anglers as they are feared by smaller fish. Everything from herring, anchovies and crabs to other lingcod are considered fair game when a big ling gets hungry. Playing on its hearty appetite, anglers often use live bait to catch a big ling, but leadhead jigs, metal jigs and other artificials also will fool them. Lingcod are slow-growing fish, and the largest ones—sometimes over 60 pounds—are all females.

Surf Perch had become somewhat fished out in its no-limit days but the sport is making a comeback, thanks at least in part to being reintroduced to families during Long Beach’s Surf Perch Derby. Surf Perch fishing is open year-round with a daily limit of 15 (no minimum size). These round fish have an average weight is about 1-1/2 pounds (the Washington state record is hub-cap sized 4.05 pounds). Two or three average-size perch make a good meal for one person, each fish providing two delicately textured white fillets.

Perch seem to move out of turbulent water, so your best opportunity is when the water is clearest and calmest. Pull on your hip boots/waders, chase the rebound wave to the water’s edge, plant your feet and let fly as long a cast as you can. After casting, dash back up to the beach, allowing your line to free spool out as incoming waves crash in. Once you find your way back to the waters’ edge, flip the bail, reel in the slack line and wait for a perch to bite. You’ll likely be surprised at the strength of their strike and the excitement of their tenacity in the fight.

Beard’s Hollow, in Cape Disappointment State Park is a favorite Surf Perch fishing spot. You’ll find these exciting fish up and down the Long Beach Peninsula. Be careful out there in the surf! Read our page on Beach Safety.

General Info

People wishing to fish need to purchase a 2-day nonresident license. Ask when making your reservations whether you may also need a catch record.

Your charter captain and crew will assist you with bait, tackle and any help you may need while aboard as well as hot coffee. You’ll need to pack your own lunch and should dress warmly, regardless of land conditions.

When your boat returns to port, a number of fish processing companies are available to help you with cleaning and packaging your fish to take home.

Some charters also provide 2-hour scenic tours during the afternoons. The charter must be booked ahead and for a minimum of 6 people.

Some charters are available for burials at sea and normally work through the local mortuary, Pentilla’s By the Sea. Contact the charter offices for pricing on cremation remains trips and full burial services.

Much of the information on this page is from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife documents and is not the official document or regulations of the Washington Department of Fish and wildlife. The accuracy of the reproduction cannot be guaranteed by WDFW or the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau.

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