WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

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July 16, 2004
Contact: Tim Flint, (360) 902-2728

Salmon fishing opportunities increase in Ilwaco and Westport beginning July 23

OLYMPIA – Salmon anglers fishing out of Ilwaco (Marine Area 1) and Westport (Marine Area 2) will be able to fish seven days a week and retain two chinook per day as part of their two-salmon daily limit beginning Friday, July 23, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“This management action is consistent with meeting our conservation objectives while providing anglers with greater access to harvestable numbers of fish,” said Phil Anderson, special assistant to the WDFW director. The move also means an opportunity for increased economic benefits to coastal communities, Anderson said.

Salmon fishing has been confined to a Sunday-through-Thursday schedule with a daily limit of one chinook per angler since the season opened June 27.

Through July 11, anglers in Marine Area 1 had caught 7,464 coho and 296 chinook salmon; the season coho quota for Marine Area 1 is 101,250 fish, and a chinook guideline of 8,000 fish.

Anglers in Marine Area 2 had caught 3,613 coho and 1,472 chinook through July 11; the season quota for coho in Marine Area 2 is 74,900 fish and a chinook guideline of 30,800 fish.

All other fisheries rules remain in place in marine areas 1 and 2. Chinook must be at least 26 inches to retain, and the hatchery coho must be at least 16 inches to retain. Wild coho must be released unharmed.

Salmon-fishing seasons and daily bag limits will remain unchanged in marine areas 3 and 4. Fisheries there are open seven days per week and no more than one chinook per day can be retained as part of the daily two-salmon bag limit.