COURTESY WESTPORT WEIGHMASTER
                                Tim O’Farrell of Jacksonville, Florida, won last year’s Westport Charter Boat Association coho derby with this 13.15-pound fish taken Aug. 19, 2018 aboard the Stardust. This year’s coho quota is 159,600, up 117,600 from last year, much more opportunity to take the $1,500 top prize.

COURTESY WESTPORT WEIGHMASTER Tim O’Farrell of Jacksonville, Florida, won last year’s Westport Charter Boat Association coho derby with this 13.15-pound fish taken Aug. 19, 2018 aboard the Stardust. This year’s coho quota is 159,600, up 117,600 from last year, much more opportunity to take the $1,500 top prize.

Coastal recreational salmon season opens June 22 with higher coho quota

  • Thu Jun 20th, 2019 10:30am
  • News

All four marine areas off the coast open daily to fishing for Chinook and coho salmon Saturday, June 22, said Wendy Beeghley, a fishery manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

“Anglers can expect some great opportunities to fish for coho this summer,” Beeghley said. “With increased numbers of coho projected to return, we have a much higher catch quota for coho this year in comparison with the last few years.”

The coho quota for 2019 is 159,600 fish, up 117,600 over last year. Meanwhile, the Chinook catch quota is 26,250 fish, which is 1,250 fewer fish than 2018’s quota.

In marine areas 1 (Ilwaco) and 2 (Westport), anglers can retain two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook. Anglers fishing in marine areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay) will have a two-salmon daily limit. In all marine areas, anglers must release wild coho.

Beeghley said the daily limit for the section of Marine Area 4 east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line is listed incorrectly for June 22-July 31 in 2019-2020 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. The daily limit for the area during that timeframe is two salmon.

Although all four marine areas are scheduled to close Sept. 30, areas could close earlier if the quota is met. A section of Marine Area 3 will re-open Oct. 1 through Oct. 13 or until a quota of 100 Chinook or 100 coho is met.

Throughout the summer, anglers can check WDFW’s webpage at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/reports/creel/ocean for updates.

More information about the fisheries can be found in the 2019-20 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet, available at license vendors and sporting goods stores and online at wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.