Westport salmon fishing opens to 7 days a week
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced that beginning August 3, marine waters off of Westport will be open to salmon fishing seven days a week, joining the three other ocean areas already open on a daily basis.
Pat Pattillo, salmon policy coordinator for WDFW, said the department initially limited the number of days open at Westport to five a week to ensure that the catch would not reach the quota too quickly.
“Because catch rates are stable, we can allow fishing daily off Westport without much risk of having to shorten the salmon season,” Pattillo said.
Salmon fishing already is open seven days a week in Ilwaco, LaPush and Neah Bay.
The daily catch limit is two salmon for all areas of the ocean fishery. Anglers fishing in marine areas 1, 2 and 4 may retain one chinook as part of their daily limit. Those fishing in Marine Area 3 are allowed to retain two chinook per day.
In all four marine areas, anglers must release wild coho salmon.
Ocean salmon fisheries are currently scheduled to continue through Sept. 18 in marine areas 2, 3 and 4, and through Sept. 30 in Marine Area 1.