Good news for North Jetty clientele: North Jetty is and will be back to normal this summer for salmon and bottom fishing, crabbing and anything else that comes to mind.
Last summer, the jetty was closed because the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had unfinished work to do on the vital structure that protects the river entrance. That has now been completed and the Vancouver office of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has assured me that it is now available for recreational pursuits.
Closure of the North Jetty last year was a major imposition for many Peninsula residents and visitors. It is a popular destination for many families and people that do not own their own boat or cannot afford to go out on one for recreation.
During salmon season, with reasonably calm weather, it is not unusual to see a couple hundred fishermen lining the jetty. It is tricky walking on the giant boulders, not for the skittish, and it is a good idea to take a partner along to help netting a fish or crab.
Remember: The Columbia River North Jetty is open to fishing for salmon seven days a week when Buoy 10 or Marine Area 1 (Ocean) salmon fishery is open.
Lingcod is open March 12 through Oct. 15 and rockfish is open year round and both can be fished from the North Jetty.
Many fishermen continue to be confused about this one. Remember, in Washington waters, where a saltwater license is valid, each angler aboard a vessel may continue to deploy angling gear until the daily limit of fish and shellfish for all licensed and juvenile anglers aboard has been achieved.
Halibut fishing in Ilwaco and Westport was a bit slow on the opener but on Saturday the charter boat Pacific Dream limited for clients, plus boat fish. It appears that the majority of the halibut have just started to come up from the depths of over 550 feet. So I guess the best is yet to come.
The six-day clam dig that ended Sunday was certainly a good one. It was marked by only a moderate turnout, with practically everyone taking home a daily limit. The weather was fairly accommodating, making for good family outings. As usual, the clamming north of the Ocean Park approach provided the biggest clams.
Special Hunt Applications
Remember, the deadline for filing special hunt applications is coming up fast, they must be in by May 18. Applications for deer, elk, moose and big horn sheep are $6.50 for residents, $60.50 for non-residents and $4.10 for youth under 16.
Ron Malast can be reached at 665-3573 or email@example.com.