Westport: final day of salmon fishing Sept. 7

Salmon fishing has been hot out of Westport the last several weeks with large numbers of coho salmon moving in and making up most of the two-fish limit.

That’s will come to a halt Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Thursday, Sept. 1, that “the catch quotas for recreational coho in Marine Area 2 are expected to be met by the end of the day Tuesday, Sept. 7,” and the season would end effective Wednesday, Sept. 8.

According to Fish and Wildlife catch data, as of Aug. 29, 13,942 coho had been taken out of Westport this season; 5,445 taken the week of Aug. 23-29 alone. With a quota set at 20,440 fish, that’s nearly 70% of the quota taken through that point.

The season was scheduled to run through Sept. 15.

Fish and Wildlife counts show this season, as of Aug. 29, 20,669 sport fishers have taken those 13,942 coho and 6,604 Chinook this season. Reports of the quick limits of mostly coho with a few Chinook coming in brought 3,181 anglers to Westport the week of Aug. 23-29, the most in a one-week time span since the season opened in June. As of Aug. 29, 51% of the area Chinook guideline had been taken.