Starting Thursday, anglers fishing for salmon in ocean waters off Westport will be able to keep up to two coho salmon per day under a new rule approved by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The new rule brings the coho limit for Marine Area 2 – previously set at one per day – up to the same number in effect in the three other ocean areas.
Anglers can also count up to two chinook toward the overall two-salmon limit in those areas.
As before, anglers will be allowed to retain both hatchery and wild coho off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport (Marine Area 2). Those fishing off LaPush (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4) may retain only hatchery coho, which are marked with a clipped adipose fin.
Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to run through Sept. 23 in marine areas 2, 3 and 4, and through Sept. 30 in Marine Area 1.