OLYMPIA – Starting Monday (Aug. 27), anglers fishing in ocean waters off Ilwaco can keep up to two chinook salmon as part their two-salmon daily limit.
With that change, anglers will be allowed to keep up to two chinook per day in all four marine areas off the Washington coast.
All ocean areas (marine areas 1-4) are open to salmon fishing seven days a week. Wild coho must be released in all four areas.
Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), said the department initially limited anglers fishing off Ilwaco to one chinook as part of a two-salmon daily limit to ensure that the fishery would remain open for the entire season.
“We started the season with a conservative catch limit for chinook in the southern ports,” said Pattillo. “But enough of the chinook catch guideline remains to allow anglers two chinook per day off Ilwaco without much risk of exceeding the guideline."
Through Aug. 19, anglers fishing out of Ilwaco had caught 55 percent (6,153 chinook) of the 11,100 chinook catch guideline. As for coho, anglers had caught nearly 24 percent (8,240 coho) of the 34,860 catch quota.
Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 23 in marine areas 2 (Westport), 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay), 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 on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/.
Additional information on the ocean fishery, including minimum size limits and area catch guidelines, is available in WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations.