Beginning Aug. 3, marine waters off of Westport will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week, joining the three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a short time ago.
Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator, said the department initially limited the number of days open at Westport to five a week (Sundays-Thursdays) to ensure that the catch would not reach the quota too quickly and require an early closure.
“Because catch rates are stable, we can allow fishing daily off Westport without much risk of having to shorten the salmon season,” Pattillo said in a news release.
Salmon fishing already is open seven days a week in marine areas 1 (Ilwaco), 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay).
The daily catch limit is two salmon for all areas of the ocean fishery. Anglers fishing in marine areas 1, 2 and 4 may retain one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit. Those fishing in Marine Area 3 are allowed to retain two chinook per day.
In all four marine areas, anglers must release wild coho salmon.
Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 18 in marine areas 2-4, and through Sept. 30 in Marine Area 1.
Fishery managers will continue to monitor the ocean salmon fishery throughout the season, and announce any other changes.
Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in the department’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet.