THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
Anglers can keep two chinook salmon off Westport beginning July 22
Action: Anglers fishing off Westport (Marine Area 2) will be allowed to keep up to two chinook salmon as part of their two-salmon daily limit.
Effective date: July 22, 2017.
Species affected: Chinook.
Locations: Marine Area 2 (Westport), marine waters stretching from the Queets River to Leadbetter Point.
Reason for action: The fishery has sufficient chinook remaining within the guideline to increase the chinook daily limit from one chinook to two without much risk of having to close early.
Through July 16, anglers had caught 7.3 percent (1,553 fish) of the 21,400 chinook guideline for Marine Area 2.
Anglers fishing in Marine Area 2 have a two-salmon daily limit and must release wild coho salmon.
Other information: The changes announced today do not affect ocean salmon fisheries off Ilwaco (Marine Area 1), La Push (Marine Area 3) or Neah Bay (Marine Area 4).
The daily limit in Marine Area 1 remains at two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook, release wild coho.
The daily limits in marine areas 3 and 4 remain at two salmon, release wild coho. Release chum in Marine Area 4 beginning Aug. 1.
Information Contact: Wendy Beeghley, ocean salmon manager for WDFW, (360) 249-1215.