State Fish and Wildlife is confident that the number of salmon fishing days off Westport can be expanded to be open daily beginning Friday, July 19.
That will bring the areas in line with Neah Bay, La Push and Ilwaco that are also open daily.
The Sunday to Thursday only fishery off Westport was instituted to make sure anglers wouldn’t gobble up the quota at a fast pace leading to an early closure.
“Angler effort continues to grow and success rates are steadily improving,” Pat Pattillo, the state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator said in a news release. “While the fishery continues to build at this pace, now is a good time to allow anglers to fish daily off Westport.”
The daily limit at Westport and Ilwaco is two salmon, and only one may be a chinook. At Neah Bay and La Push the daily limit is two salmon, and two may be a chinook, plus two additional pink salmon may be kept. Only hatchery coho may be kept in all areas.
Fishing is open through Sept. 22 at Neah Bay and La Push, and through Sept. 30 at Westport and Ilwaco.