Fishing

Ocean salmon fishing seasons about to get underway

In the coming weeks, recreational salmon fishing off the coast will open.

Anglers are expecting a season that could be similar to last year, which was described by some charter boat captains as one of the best seasons in years.

The coastwide recreational fishing quota for chinook is 64,000 fish, up 4,900 fish from the 2014 quota. The coho quota is 150,800 fish, down about 34,000 from last year.

Sports fishermen last year caught 40,753 chinook (80 percent of the guideline) and 142,281 coho (75.9 percent of the quota), according to data from the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Here is a look at the season setup for the four ocean fishing areas:

MARINE AREA 1 (Ilwaco): May 30-June 12. Fishing will be open seven days per week, with a two-salmon daily limit. Anglers must release wild chinook and all coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches.

From June 13 until further notice, the daily limit will be two 2 salmon, of which not more than one may be a chinook salmon. Anglers must release wild coho.

MARINE AREA 2 (Westport): May 30-June 12. Fishing will be allowed seven days per week, with a two-salmon daily limit. Rules require the release of wild chinook and all coho. Minimum size for chinook is 24 inches.

Beginning June 13 and running until further notice, the daily limit will be two salmon, of which not more than one may be a chinook salmon. All wild coho must be released.

MARINE AREA 2-1 (Willapa Bay): Open concurrent with Area 2 when Area 2 is open for salmon angling. Area 2 rules apply.

MARINE AREA 2-2, west of the Buoy 13 line (Grays Harbor): Open concurrent with Area 2 when Area 2 is open for salmon angling. Area 2 rules apply.

MARINE AREAS 3 (LaPush) and 4 (Neah Bay): On Friday and Saturday, May 22-23, and May 30-June 12, the area will be open to fishing seven days per week, with a two-salmon daily limit, plus anglers can keep two additional pink salmon. They must release wild chinook and all coho. The minimum size for chinook is 24 inches. In Area 4, waters east of a true north/south line running through Sail Rock will be closed. Fishing also will be closed to salmon fishing inside the area bounded by a line from Kydaka Point to Shipwreck Point.

From June 13 and running until further notice, the daily limit will be two salmon, and wild coho must be released.

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