The Fishing Corner: Summertime fishing has many challenges on the Harbor


The adage, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” applies to anglers in Grays Harbor. This is particularly true as we face the challenges of summertime fishing in our area.

One way of overcoming the challenge is to face the issues and deal with the obstacles head-on. This approach easily employs techniques to outsmart the fish.

Another approach would be to fish water that is less challenging. By this I mean, anglers need to consider water accommodating fish that does not get affected by summer temperatures.

The most obvious, in this regard, is the ocean. As the salmon opportunities unfold, anglers need to be aware of tuna and halibut options as well. Bottom fishing in the ocean is definitely a major option at this time of the year.

Next, recreationally, anglers engage in surf fishing during the summer months. This fishery allows anglers to pick up fish that are feeding in the surf of the Pacific Ocean. Simply wading out in the waves and casting an offering to await fish will generally result in a catch of sea-perch or sea-bass.

Anglers are not limited to fishing from the seashore in this regard. Many will fish off the rocks of the jetties successfully. However, the hazards of a snag-up are much greater implementing this technique as opposed to fishing off the sand bottom of the ocean floor.

When August rolls around, local anglers begin to think about the Willapa River for kings. This year, the fishery known as Area 2-1 opened Aug. 1. The current regulations allow anglers to retain hatchery kings and all coho.

The release of wild Chinook and chum rule will exist for the entire fishery which ends Jan. 31, 2014. The rules do permit the retention of up to three adult fish within the daily limit of six salmon.

Anglers will also be able to employ the two-pole endorsement fishing feature if they have purchased the endorsement.

This fishery actually includes water east of a line from Cape Shoalwater to Leadbetter Point. It is a popular fishery, which gives anglers a jump on the fall freshwater salmon season. However, it also provides a very good opportunity for anglers to fish water that is not as challenging as our lakes, rivers and streams during summer time conditions.

Another opportunity that opened up to anglers on Friday is fishing for salmon in both the Westport and Ocean Shores boat basins. The generous retention limit of four adult salmon gets the attention of many. This fishery does require the release of all wild Chinook salmon. Further rules include the usage of single-point barbless hooks in addition to a prohibition of night fishing and the snagging of fish.

So, as my dad would often say, “there is more than one way to skin a cat.” In the context of fishing, it means anglers may not need to work hard to catch a fish.

There are many options that are offered in Grays Harbor. We are blessed to reside in an area which offers so many fishing opportunities. When certain waters become overly challenging, we can resort to a less complicated option.