4/11/17 OCEAN SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendations for ocean salmon seasons on Tuesday, April 11. Draft copies of the adopted seasons will be available at the PMFC’s website in the near future (www.pcouncil.org). Seasons are not official until being given final approval by the Secretary of Commerce, and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters within 3 nautical miles of shore.
The adopted regulations reflect the continuing poor forecasts for numerous ocean salmon populations. These salmon have variously been affected by several years of extreme drought conditions in California, and by poor ocean conditions resulting from a recent El Nino event along the Pacific Coast.
For the recreational ocean salmon fishery ocean waters off the Columbia River will be open for the period of June 24 through the earlier of September 4 or quota with a hatchery mark selective coho quota of 21,000 and a Chinook guideline of 13,200. The daily bag limit will be two salmon, but no more than one Chinook and all coho must have an adipose fin clip.
Recreational seasons on the central Oregon Coast (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.) opened for Chinook on March 15 and will continue through October 31 without interruption. Coho seasons will have reduced quotas of 18,000 fin-clipped coho in the hatchery mark selective season from June 24 through July 31, and an additional 6,000 coho quota in the September non-selective coho season that will open on September 2 and continue through the earlier of September 30 or quota. In October, the recreational season will be restricted to salmon fishing only inside of the 40 fathom management line.
The area from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA border will be closed to all recreational salmon fishing in 2017. A limited state waters fishery off the Chetco River in October will be considered by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in Klamath Falls on April 21.
The commercial troll salmon seasons North of Cape Falcon will have a very limited coho salmon season this year. The Chinook quotas will be slightly improved over the 2016 season. The fishery will also be managed by season length, open periods, and open period landing limits. From Cape Falcon to the Florence South Jetty the Chinook seasons will have a number of open periods throughout the season, weekly landing limits during the fall period, and will be limited to fishing only shoreward of the 40 fathom curve during September and October.
All waters from the Florence South Jetty to the OR/CA are closed to commercial salmon trolling. State waters fall Chinook terminal area fisheries will be considered for waters adjacent to the Elk River and the Chetco River by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at their meeting in Klamath Falls on April 21.
Both commercial troll salmon fishermen and recreational anglers should review the full regulations prior to participating in the ocean salmon fisheries. Commercial reporting requirements via phone or email remain in effect for all quota managed salmon seasons.
Questions should be directed to Eric Schindler at (541)867-0300 x252 or Jason Edwards at (541)867-0300 x271.