August 22, 2013 at 5:54 PM
Chinook catch raised to two daily off southern and northern coast starting Friday
The chinook catch limit will be raised from one to two daily off Ilwaco, La Push and neah Bay beginning Friday, Aug. 23.
The daily limit at Westport was raised earlier this month to two chinook. Anglers at La Push and Neah Bay may also keep two bonus pinks on top of their two-fish daily limit. Only hatchery-marked coho may be kept coastwide.
“We saw good catch rates for chinook in the ocean from the outset of the season, so we have been conservative with the catch limit,” Doug Milward, the coastal state Fish and Wildlife salmon manager said in a news release.
“That has put us in a good position where enough of the ocean quota remains to allow anglers two chinook per day in the four ocean marine areas through the end of the season,” he said.
Through Aug. 18, anglers caught 23,029 of the 40,000 chinook quota (57.6 percent), and 35,422 of the 74,760 hatchery coho quota (47.4 percent).
Salmon fishing is open through Sept. 30 in Ilwaco and Westport, and through Sept. 22 at La Push and Neah Bay.
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