OLYMPIA – Coastal salmon fishing in the Westport area will be open seven days a week to allow anglers to catch more of the hatchery coho that are returning to state waters in large numbers this year, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.
Previously closed Fridays and Saturdays, the fishery will move to a seven-days-per-week schedule Friday, Sept. 7 in Marine Area 2 and Area 2-2 west of the Buoy 13 line.
Also effective Friday, Sept. 7, Marine Area 1 near Ilwaco will be closed to salmon fishing from Klipson Beach to North Head and south of Tillamook Head. As always, the Columbia River Mouth Control Zone east of Buoy 10 will remain closed to protect juvenile salmon.
However, the area north of Klipson Beach will remain open seven days per week to give anglers access to the large numbers of hatchery coho moving south toward the Columbia, said Doug Milward, WDFW ocean salmon manager.
"We're trying to give anglers every opportunity to catch those hatchery coho that exceed our hatchery needs," Milward said. "The fishing is absolutely fantastic out there right now, and we want to keep the fishery going as long as possible."
The daily bag limit coastwide is two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. All wild coho, identifiable from their intact adipose fin, must be released.