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Westport salmon fishing opens seven days a week starting Friday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on July 17, 2013 at 9:57 am |
July 17, 2013 9:57 am

Salmon fishing in the waters off of Westport will be open seven days a week beginning Friday. That will bring Marine Area 2 in line with three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the change Thursday.
Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the department, said the department at first limited fishing at Westport to five days a week to make sure the catch did not reach the quota too quickly and require an early closure.

Anglers fishing in marine areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 may keep two salmon per day, only one of which may be a chinook. Those fishing in marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) are allowed to keep up to two chinook as part of their two-fish daily limit, plus two additional pink salmon.

In all four marine areas, anglers must release wild coho salmon.

Information on daily catch limits, minimum size limits and area catch guidelines is available in the “Fishing in Washington” rules pamphlet, also available online at

Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 22 in marine areas 3 and 4 and through Sept. 30 in marine areas 1 and 2.

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