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Fishing seasons take shape on the LBP

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Catch the big one with a local charter.

The Long Beach Peninsula reeled in some great news last week with the announcement of limited summer salmon fishing seasons in our southwestern corner of Washington state.

Whereas most areas saw a reduction in limits, the Long Beach Peninsula – Marine Area 1 – was largely unaffected. The Marine Area 1 bag limit will be two salmon, only one of which may be Chinook, which is similar to previous years.

Salmon season

Marine Area 1’s 2016 salmon season is July 1 to Aug. 31, or until 18,900 fin-clipped coho and 10,200 chinook are caught. Stretching north from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point, Marine Area 1 is renowned for excellent summer fishing – more than half the salmon caught in Washington’s ocean fisheries are caught in Marine Area 1.

Start planning now

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Fish next to the professionals at the Port of Ilwaco.

Anglers looking to take advantage of the Long Beach Peninsula’s favorable salmon limits should check out the many fishing charters at the Port of Ilwaco, where you can fish alongside the professionals and watch the day’s catch being unloaded on the docks. Boaters can also launch from Chinook.

Make reservations before the summer fishing season heats up!

Other season-openers are also just around the corner: Halibut season opens May 1, while catch-and-release sturgeon begins in early May as well. Lingcod season is slated for March 12 to Oct. 15, and albacore tuna season typically runs July through September. Bottom fishing charters are currently being offered by Pacific Salmon Charters.

Razor clam season continues on the Long Beach Peninsula so head to the beach April 20-28 if you want to sink a clam gun into the sand. Future Long Beach Peninsula digs are proposed May 6-8. Be sure to stop by the Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau in Seaview if you need to borrow a clam gun, glean digging tips or score recipes (we have them all, and they’re all free!)

Upcoming events:

Tokeland North Cove Art Studio Tour – April 16

Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival – April 22-24

Beach Clean Up Day – April 23

Black Lake Fishing Derby – April 30

Children’s Loyalty Day Parade – April 30

Blessing of the Fleet – April 30

Loyalty Day Parade – May 1

World’s Longest Garage Sale – May 27-30

The Long Beach Peninsula Visitors Bureau facilitates, coordinates and implements the promotion of our communities as a tourist destination. Contact us at (360) 642-2400 or ask@funbeach.com.

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