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Marine Area 1
ILWACO

Marine Area 1 encompasses the area from the Columbia River north to Leadbetter Point at the north end of Long Beach.

Marine Area 1 is renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing during the summer.  Over half the salmon caught in the ocean fisheries are caught  in Marine Area 1.  Ilwaco is the primary access point for Area 1, although anglers can also launch at Chinook and Warrington on the Oregon side.  Anglers fishing Area 1 can also fish south of the Columbia River to Cape Falcon in Oregon with their Washington license.

The Columbia River bar is one of the most dangerous in the country.  Anglers should watch the weather and tides carefully.  Only go out when you know the conditions will allow you to cross the bar safely, both going and coming back.  Experienced boaters plan their trips to avoid crossing the bar during peak outgoing tides.


Fishing Prospects Calendar

 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Chinook salmonNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthFair fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
Coho salmonNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo OpportunityFair fishing - 2nd half of monthGood fishing - All monthExcellent fishing - All monthNo OpportunityNo OpportunityNo Opportunity
LEGEND
Fishing Expectation

Excellent

Excellent Good Good Fair Fair Poor Poor
Type of Opportunity Full Month Full month 1st half of month only 1st half only 2nd half of month only 2nd half only No opportunity No opportunity

Species you might catch

Albacore tuna
Cabezon
Flatfish
Greenling
Lingcod
Pacific Halibut
Rockfish

Sport Fishing Regulations & Seasons

Emergency Rule Updates
Fishing closures and openings happen constantly throughout the year. The E-Rules keep you up-to-date.


Access Sites / Boat Launches

Other Access and Boat Launches