2013 Westport Salmon Season plus a little extra

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  1. Fishin' Luhrs
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    2013 WESTPORT SALMON SEASON


    Saturday, June 8 – Saturday, June 22 (15 days)
    Chinook selective fishery (healed adipose fin clip)
    7-days per week
    2 fish bag limit (24” size limit)
    8,000 Chinook quota coast-wide

    Sunday, June 23 – September 30 (a Monday) – or quota
    All species (Chinook, Coho(selective), Pink)
    5-days per week, Sunday through Thursday
    2 fish bag limit (only 1 may be a Chinook)
    Coho quota: 27,660 (quota = 25,800 last year
    Chinook guideline: 23,500 (guideline = 25,600 last year
    Grays Harbor Control Zone closed August 11

    You will be able to fish in MA3&4 for Salmon on the first 2 May Halibut weekends
    • 2013 Westport Salmon Season plus a little extra-Cyndi's 28# salmon.jpg
  2. WEDOCQ
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    Sweet! Can't wait!
  3. Genie Aye
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    Awesome---Trifecta happening!! Thanks Kevin!!:finger:
  4. Team Sency
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    No teasing Kevin on salmon being open in Neah during hali weekends?? That would be something else!

    Amazing picture of Cyndi and her fish...gets me amped up to get after it this year!
  5. Cap'n Coldeye
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    Just did a double take! Thanks for the update. Now can you move mothers day to Nov. and make sure we have good weather? :rofl:
    Thanks for all the time you put in.
    Cheers
  6. Fishin' Luhrs
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    No Teasing! and Thanks
  7. big tom
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    Hopefully the Big Kings will show up this year at Westport baby! I can't wait go get out there again.
  8. iconrad0120
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    Yes! That's what I was hoping for.
  9. Offshore Ryan
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    Kevin, Awesome! Thanks for making this happen!!!
  10. Genie Aye
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    Heck--the last 2 years out Hali fishing out on the SW corner I picked up Kings on the bottom at 550'--one when I was dropping and the other just mooching. This is great--I can keep them this time!!
  11. BugeaterInWa
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    Is it true that maybe we shouldn't hold our breath just yet?
  12. Jaksonbrown
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    Holy jumpin horseshit batman..... !!!

    Details please. Salmon will be open in Neah for the Halibut opener May 9th??????????
  13. Quileutemarina
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    well this is great i came on to post this info and was beat to it so now i don't need to type it all out good news for for us i think. i hope this is a start of us getting to keep this fishery for good here in Lapush
  14. Quileutemarina
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    and yes this is 100% true and spelled out correctly so bring salmon gear for hali... also if understand correctly that these kings will not effect our summer king quota from this fishery i am still getting confirmation on this but this is the way i understand it so far, this is a a coast wide sub quota.
  15. Jaksonbrown
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    HELL YEA!!!! Just made my week!!!!! :lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux::lux:

    Anyone know exactly what day it will open????
  16. Swede
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    Did I just step out of the hot tub time machine? When was the last time we could fish for Salmon, Lingcod and Halibut on the same day in May?
  17. Stryker20
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    So what exactly are the salmon retention days in Neah?

    Thur, Fri, Sat & Sun?

    Just Thur & Fri?

    Sat & Sun?

    Please advise........
  18. BugeaterInWa
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    I heard that everything is tentative based on what happened at a meeting yesterday and I heard the WDFW is on pins and needles now. Sounds like a key negotiator will now be unavailable for a few weeks and we might see regs that are printed that state TBD and to see the "E regs" meaning online for the salmon fishing seasons.

    Heres the shocker... the Chelalis, Grays Harbor, Skok, and Puy are reasons for the above.
  19. Jaksonbrown
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    Here is what I found....

    Option 1: The recreational salmon fishing season in marine areas 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay) would begin with two three-day openings for hatchery chinook, May 10-12 and May 17-19. The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook in those two marine areas would then reopen June 15 and run seven days a week through June 28. Mark selective fisheries for hatchery chinook would be open seven days a week June 8-June 22 in Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores) and June 8-June 21 in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco). In all areas, anglers would have a daily limit of two salmon, except anglers must release coho and wild chinook. The fisheries could close earlier if a coastwide quota of 8,000 hatchery chinook is reached.
  20. Swede
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    Washington's salmon fishing seasons set for 2013

    PORTLAND, Ore. - State and tribal co-managers yesterday agreed on a package of salmon fisheries that meets conservation goals for wild salmon populations and provides fishing opportunities on healthy stocks.

    Washington's 2013 salmon fishing seasons, developed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and treaty tribal co-managers, were finalized yesterday during the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (PFMC) meeting in Portland. The regulations cover salmon fisheries in Puget Sound, Washington's ocean and coastal areas and the Columbia River.
    In developing salmon seasons, the first priority for state and tribal fishery managers is to meet conservation goals for wild salmon, said Phil Anderson, WDFW director.
    "This comprehensive package of salmon fisheries is consistent with ongoing efforts to protect and rebuild wild salmon stocks," Anderson said. "Meeting those goals is key to ensuring the long-term sustainability of Washington's salmon fisheries, which are important to the economy of many communities throughout the state."
    Conservative harvest management by the tribes and state is making a substantial contribution to the recovery of wild salmon, but protecting and restoring salmon habitat is essential to rebuilding these populations, said Lorraine Loomis, fisheries manager for the Swinomish Tribe.
    "Salmon habitat continues to be lost and damaged at an alarming rate, and this trend shows no signs of improvement," Loomis said. "Every year it is increasingly difficult to develop fisheries that meet the needs of Indian and non-Indian fishermen while still protecting weak wild stocks. Conservative fisheries, such as those developed for this year, must go hand-in-hand with protecting and restoring habitat to return salmon to abundance."
    As in past years, recreational salmon fisheries in 2013 will vary by area:

    Columbia River: The Buoy 10 fishery will be open from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. The fishery will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Sept. 1 and Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. From Aug. 1 through Sept. 1, anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, only one of which may be a chinook. From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, anglers can keep six fish, only two of which can be adults, and only one of which can be an adult chinook. From Sept. 2 through Sept. 30, anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery coho, but must release chinook.

    The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open for chinook and hatchery coho Aug. 1 through Dec. 31. Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult chinook as part of their two-adult daily limit. From Sept. 6 through Sept. 30, chinook retention will be prohibited downstream of the Lewis River, except anglers will be allowed to retain hatchery chinook from Sept. 6 through Sept. 12 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Warrior Rock. Beginning Oct. 1, one adult chinook may be retained throughout the lower river, from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam.

    The sockeye and hatchery summer chinook fishery on the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam will be open from June 16-June 30, with a daily limit of two adult salmon or steelhead, or one of each.
    Fishery managers also implemented a permanent rule requiring anglers to use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon and steelhead on the Columbia River and most of its tributaries.

    Washington's ocean waters: The PFMC yesterday approved a recreational chinook catch quota of 48,000 fish, slightly lower than last year's quota of 51,500. The PFMC, which establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast, also adopted a quota of 74,760 coho for this year's recreational ocean fishery, about 5,000 fish higher than last year's quota.
    The recreational salmon fishing season in marine areas 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay) will begin with two short openings for hatchery chinook, May 10-11 and May 17-18. The mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook in those two marine areas will then reopen June 22 and run seven days a week through June 28. Mark selective fisheries for hatchery chinook will be open seven days a week June 8-June 22 in Marine Area 2 (Westport/Ocean Shores) and June 8-June 21 in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco). In all areas, anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon, except anglers must release coho and wild chinook. The fisheries could close earlier if a coastwide quota of 8,000 hatchery chinook is reached.

    Recreational ocean salmon fisheries for chinook and hatchery coho will continue June 22 in Marine Area 1, June 23 in Marine Area 2 and June 29 in marine areas 3 and 4. Anglers will have a daily limit of two salmon in marine areas 3 and 4. Those fishing marine areas 1 and 2 also will have a two-salmon daily limit, but can keep only one chinook per day. The fishery will be open daily in marine areas 1, 3 and 4, while Marine Area 2 will be open Sunday through Thursday. Anglers also will be allowed to retain two additional pink salmon in marine areas 3 and 4.

    Coastal bays and rivers: Another year of strong wild coho returns should provide good fishing in many of Washington's coastal streams, including the Queets and Quillayute rivers, as well as those flowing into Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay.
    One change this year will allow recreational anglers exclusive access to salmon in the prime fishing area of Willapa Bay (Marine Area 2-1). Waters off Tokeland in the northcentral portion of the bay - known as 2T - will be open for recreational salmon fishing only from 6 p.m. Aug. 15 through 6 p.m. Sept. 15.
    Anglers fishing in Willapa Bay also will be allowed to use two fishing poles, with the purchase of a two-pole endorsement, from Aug. 1 through Jan. 31.

    Puget Sound: Anglers will have an opportunity to take advantage of an abundant return of pink salmon this year. More than 6 million pink salmon are expected to return to Puget Sound, where "bonus" bag limits for pink salmon will be established in all marine areas, except Hood Canal. The majority of pink salmon - the smallest of the Pacific salmon species - return to Washington's waters in odd-numbered years.
    Most chinook and coho fisheries will be similar to last year's seasons, although this year's mark-selective fishery for hatchery chinook on the Skykomish River is scheduled June 1 through July 31 this year. Last year the fishery didn't open until mid-July.
    Salmon fisheries on the Skokomish and Puyallup rivers have not yet been settled and state and tribal co-managers plan to continue negotiations over the next few weeks.

    Meanwhile, the forecast for sockeye returning to Baker Lake is strong enough to allow a fishery there this year beginning July 10. However, the run size is not expected to be high enough to open the Skagit River for sockeye fishing this year.

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