Salmon season returns to Port of Ilwaco and quotas are up

Southwest Washington’s salmon season kicked off late last month, and area fisheries expect more Chinook and coho salmon to head toward the ocean this year compared to last – and that’s good news for anglers.

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Catch quotas for both Chinook and coho salmon increased this year.

Marine Area 1 near Ilwaco opened for salmon fishing June 24. Anglers fishing Marine Area 1 can keep two salmon daily, but only one can be Chinook. Marine Area 1 should be open through Sept. 4.

The popular Buoy 10 fishery on the Columbia River opens Aug. 1.

Salmon season quotas

Catch quotas for both Chinook and coho salmon increased this year. Here’s what the local Chinook Observer said of the quota increase: “Due to improved forecasts, the recreational Chinook catch quota this year is 45,000, up from 35,000 in 2016. This year’s coho quota of 42,000 fish is an increase of 23,100 coho from 2016, when anglers were allowed to keep coho only in Marine Area 1.”

In other words: It’s time to book a charter. Just make sure to verify seasons and catch regulations before booking. And explore your lodging options here.

Salmon charters

Fishing charters line the Port of Ilwaco, long considered one of the best salmon fishing hubs on the Pacific Northwest coast. Our member charters include:

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Trip in and out of port offers stunning views of Pacific County.

Charter fishing, like just about any other kind of fishing, is as much about the experience as it is the catch. Charters typically leave the Port of Ilwaco around dawn, just as the night sky mellows into morning twilight. Photographers call this the “blue hour”, so be sure and bring a camera (you’ll need it later to record your catch). Your charter will pass U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment and outcroppings of the state park. And from sea lions to seabirds, you’ll be sure to spot wildlife.

If that sounds good, know that returning to port can be even better. Consider it something of a victory lap – quotas are met, fish are cleaned and readied, anglers are smiling, libations are occasionally poured. Once ashore, you can take your fresh catch home or you can head to nearby Sportsmen’s Cannery to have it canned or vacuum packed.

Anglers preferring the do-it-yourself route can find gear at Englund Marine Supply at the Port of Ilwaco or Dennis Company in downtown Long Beach.

Happy fishing this salmon season!

Upcoming events:

SummerFest – Now through Sept 2-4

Columbia Pacific Farmer’s Market – Fridays through Sept. 29

Saturday Market at the Port of Ilwaco – Saturdays through Sept. 23


SandSations – July 12-16

Peninsula Art Associations ArtSations – July 14-15

Music in the Gardens – July 15

Clamshell Railroad Days – July 15-16

Waikiki Beach Concert Series – July 22

Tokeland Wood & Art Fest – July 22-23

Deep Canyon Challenge fishing tournament – July 28-29

Long Beach Rodeo – July 29-30

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