Under new rules effective Sunday, Sept. 1, anglers will be able to keep non adipose fin-clipped coho salmon caught in ocean waters between Leadbetter Point in Wash. and Cape Falcon in Ore.
This change, combined with an increase in the chinook bag limit adopted last week, means anglers can now keep two adult coho or chinook salmon (or a combination) with or without a clipped fin.
Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to be fishing in an area with a prohibited fish in possession, so anglers with a legally caught unclipped ocean coho or chinook are not allowed to continue fishing in the Columbia River, where currently only fin-clipped fish may be retained.
Almost 20,000 coho remain in the harvest quota for the Columbia River ocean management area, prompting the National Marine Fisheries Service to approve the retention of wild coho.
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