Ocean sport anglers allowed up to two chinook daily

Pre-season forecasts indicated that nearly 653,000 fall chinook were expected to return to the Columbia River this season. That allowed fish managers to set the recreational quota at 61,000 chinook, well above last year’s ocean quota of 20,500 fish.

Effective July 8 the regulations for coastal marine areas are:

Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco) open seven days a week with a daily limit of two salmon. All wild coho must be released.

Marine Area 2 (Westport) open Sundays through Thursdays only with a daily limit of two salmon. All wild coho must be released.

Marine Area 3 (La Push) open Tuesdays through Saturdays only with a daily limit of two salmon. All wild coho must be released.

Marine Area 4 (Neah Bay) open Tuesdays through Saturdays only with a daily limit of two salmon. All wild coho must be released. Beginning Aug. 3, all chinook, coho and chum must be released east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line.
Additional fishing regulations, including minimum-size limits and area catch guidelines are described in WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, available online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regs_seasons.html.