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Tag: chinook fishing


State allows keeping one chinook in ocean fisheries after Labor Day

Starting Labor Day, anglers fishing off the coast can again catch and keep one chinook salmon per day as part of their daily catch limit.

Fishery managers for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the change this morning, a week after saying anglers would be required to release any chinook salmon they catch in coastal waters.

Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator, said updated harvest data show that ocean catch rates slowed enough prior to Monday’s chinook closure to allow anglers to resume catching chinook salmon Monday.

“When we announced the chinook closure, harvest rates were

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Westport salmon fishing cut back to Thursdays-Sundays

Effective immediately, recreational salmon fishery off Westport is again restricted to five days a week, Sundays through Thursdays.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement this morning.

Anglers have been fishing daily in Marine Area 2 since early this month, but a significant increase in the recreational catch prompted a return to the Sunday-through-Thursday schedule, said Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator.

“Since opening ocean waters off Westport to daily fishing, the number of anglers has dramatically increased and we saw record numbers of chinook caught,” Pattillo said in a news release. “Making this change now is

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States opt to close Buoy 10 chinook fishery

The Buoy 10 chinook fishery will close tonight as scheduled, even though anglers have caught only about half as many fish as expected.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon decided against extending the season because the portion of the catch from lower-river stocks has actually exceeded preseason estimates.

Both states had hoped to extend the chinook fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River through Labor Day, but doing so may have reduced the number of fish available for harvest farther upriver, Bill Tweit, Columbia River policy leader for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a news

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