Westport will open daily for salmon fishing beginning Friday, Aug. 3. Currently the area is open Sundays through Thursdays only.
“We feel pretty confident with the catch and effort we’re seeing that a liberalization of the fishery will not jeopardize the season,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.
Westport anglers averaged 0.85 fish per rod this past week, and just a little more than half that catch was made up of chinook. Through July 22, only 6.7 percent of the 25,800 hatchery coho quota, and 22 percent of the 25,600 chinook quota has been caught.
The salmon season will be open through Sept. 23, but may close sooner if the catch quota is achieved.
(Photo courtesy of the Grayland Chamber of Commerce and the Westport Charterboat Association)