Posted on May 31, 2017
Salmon anglers fishing southwest Washington could be in for quite a summer.
Ilwaco area salmon fishing is June 24 through Sept. 4 or until quotas are met. The daily limit at Ilwaco will be two salmon, although only one can be a chinook. Some of the best late-season salmon fishing will be found at the Buoy-10 salmon fishery on the Columbia River.
Seattle Times fishing columnist Mark Yuasa says, “By far the top choice for late summer and early fall salmon fishing will be happening at Buoy-10 on the mouth of the Columbia River.” He added: “Time in and time out dating back to the late 1980s it is always really good that third week of August, and anglers should plan on spending a lot of time on the water.”
Fishing off the coast of Long Beach should be a late-summer winner as well. Yuasa says, “One of the more premier king fisheries occurs along the 30-foot line just outside the surf in the ocean off Long Beach with most anglers coming out of the Port of Ilwaco. It is an easy fishery as long as you watch the weather forecast.”
Yuasa continued: “Timing is key off the beach at Long Beach (best time is August) and it doesn’t matter on the tide or time of day as long as the fish are present. On the surf line you’ll see huge schools of anchovy baitfish.”
Yuasa also recommends anglers fish the “June Hog” king salmon fishery on the Columbia from the Astoria-Megler Bridge up to the Hwy. 395 bridge, which should be open from June 16 through July 31.
Regardless of where you fish, local charters can take you to the action. The Port of Ilwaco is home to a number of fishing charters, including Beacon Charters, CoHo Charters, Pacific Salmon Charters, Sea Breeze Charters and Shake N Bake Sportfishing.
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