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Tag: Marine Area 2


Westport salmon fishing opens seven days a week starting Friday

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

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Fishing reports: Plenty of good fishing news

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will run in Saturday’s Sports section.


Black: The afternoon fishing has been pretty good for all species but trout. The crappie and yellow perch action has really improved.

Harts: The crappie fishing has picked up in recent days, while the trout action has been in ther slow side. Mini-jigs in green-white or yellow-white fished under a bobber have been effective for crappie.

Potholes: Perch fishing continues to be excellent. The walleye action continued to improve this week, but still is a bit inconsistent. Some days people are bringing in limits,

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Halibut fishing in Marine Area 2 closed as of Monday

Halibut fishing in all of Marine Area 2 will close Monday, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced this morning.

Anglers taking part in the area’s recreational halibut fishery are projected to have taken the Pacific halibut quota for the primary season and the northern nearshore area by the end of the day Sunday. This rule conforms to federal action taken by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the International Pacific Halibut Commission.

The closure includes the northern nearshore area from the Queets River (47º31.70’N. latitude) south to Point Chehalis (46º58.00’N. latitude) and east of a line approximating the

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Fishing report: Lake action improves for trout

Here are some highlights from the fishing report that will appear in Saturday’s Sports section.


Offut: People are catching a few trout, especially when the day warms up. Power Bait and a worm has been a good combo. People also are trolling with Wedding Rings or a Triple Teazers with a split shot.

Seep Lakes: Several lakes are producing limits of rainbow trout. Upper Goose has been the best producer with relatively quick limits in the 14- to 16-inch range. Blythe and Corral have produced occasional limits with some trout topping 18 inches. The best method has been still

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Coho limit for waters off Westport will increase Thursday to two a day

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

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State will allow ocean salmon anglers to keep hatchery and wild coho

Anglers will be allowed to retain both hatchery and wild coho salmon beginning Saturday in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2) and beginning Mondayoff Ilwaco (Marine Area 1).

In addition, anglers fishing off Westport will be allowed to retain only one coho as part of their two-salmon daily limit beginning Saturday, while the coho catch limit in Ilwaco will remain two fish.

Those changes do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off LaPush (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4), where anglers can continue to retain hatchery coho but must release wild coho, Pat Pattillo, salmon policy

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Fishing report: Skokomish chinook attracting crowds


I got this two calls after I had filed my report for Saturday’s paper, so I thought I would include them here.

Mineral Lake: People are catching rainbow and brown trout, fishing with worms and marshmallows off the bottom with a 6-foot leader, said Doreen Douglas at Mineral Lake Resort. The lake is warming up, so fish early or late in the day.

Silver Lake (Pierce): The trout fishing has been good, especially before the sunshine hits the water. The trout have been cruising near the docks looking for small largemouth bass. The fishing

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Anglers can keep two chinook off Westport, Neah Bay starting Friday

As of Friday, anglers fishing off Westport and Neah Bay can keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit, the state announced earlier today.

With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep two chinook per day in ocean waters off Westport (Marine Area 2), LaPush (Marine Area 3) and Neah Bay (Marine Area 4). Those fishing Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) will continue to be limited to one chinook as part of their two-salmon daily limit.

All ocean areas are open to salmon fishing seven days a week. Wild coho must be released in

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