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Ocean Salmon Fishing Expanded in Oregon

Salmon fishing this year is looking much better than 2017, according to federal officials.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 3:31 PM
Updated: Apr 11, 2018 3:56 PM

SALEM, Ore. — Opportunities for salmon fishing in federal waters are getting better, thanks to recommendations made by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting in Portland on Tuesday. Federal waters encompass areas outside of three miles from Oregon's coast.

“While this won’t be a banner year for ocean salmon fishing, overall it’s an improvement from 2017. This is particularly true for communities on the Southern Oregon coast, which were hit hard by 2017’s salmon closures,” said Chris Kern, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) Deputy Fish Division Administrator.

 - The area from Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain opened for Chinook fishing on March 15, and will remain open until October 31.

 - For Coho fishing, poor ocean conditions have made for a dismal forecast. Sport fishing for hatchery Coho will open between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mtn. from June 30 to September 3—or until the quota of 35,000 fish is met.

 - A small season for wild and hatchery Coho in this area is also scheduled for September 7 - 8 and each Friday/Saturday after until September 29, or until the quota of 3,500 Coho is met—which may happen quickly, according to ODFW.

 - Between Humbug Mtn. and the Oregon border with California, sport fishing for Chinook will be open from May 19 through August 29. Last year, this area was subject to a full closure.

 - Commercial troll fishing for Chinook will be open sporadically along the entire Oregon coast from May through the summer. In 2017, all commercial salmon trolling was closed south of Florence.

“I want to thank the many advisors, tribal members, agency staff, and members of the general public, who all worked hard to ensure that conservation goals for salmon stocks are met while providing fishing opportunities for communities up and down the west coast,” said Kern.

The PFMC recommendations will be forwarded to NOAA Fisheries for approval and implementation. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will be asked to adopt matching rules for State waters (inside 3 miles) at their April 20 meeting in Astoria.

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