SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission set ocean fishing seasons for salmon and halibut during its meeting in Salem Friday.
The Commission set the 2012 ocean salmon seasons for Oregon’s territorial waters that extend three miles from the state’s shoreline. They mirror the regulations adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council on April 6 that cover ocean waters from three to 200 miles from the state’s shore. The regulations must also be approved by the National Marine Fishery Service and the Secretary of Commerce.
Thanks to improved stocks from the Klamath and Sacramento rivers, both sport and commercial anglers in the area south of Cape Falcon will enjoy up to three or four weeks more fishing than in 2011.
Here is a summary of the upcoming ocean salmon sport seasons:
The Columbia River area, from Leadbetter Point, Wash. to Cape Falcon:
Selective chinook season open June 9 – 22 or until the catch quota of 8,000 marked chinook is reached. The daily bag limit is two chinook with a healed adipose fin clip. No coho may be retained.
Selective coho and chinook season open June 23 through Sept. 30 or until an 11,000 chinook and 34,860 marked coho quota is reached. The bag limit is two salmon per day, but no more than one chinook, and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip.
From Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford:
Chinook season runs from March 15 through Oct. 31 with a bag limit of two salmon, closed to the retention of coho except during the selective and non-selective coho seasons.
Selective coho season open July 1- 31 or until 8,000 marked coho quota for Cape Falcon to Calif. border
Non-selective coho open three days a week (Thursday through Saturday) Sept. 1-22 or 10,000 coho quota
South of Humbug Mountain to the Oregon/California border:
Chinook season runs from is May 1 through Sept. 9.
Selective coho will be open July 1-31 or until 8,000 marked coho quota for Cape Falcon to Calif. Border.
A map outlining the 2012 ocean salmon seasons approved by the Commission is posted on the ODFW website.
The Commission also adopted 2012 sport and commercial Pacific halibut seasons that are concurrent with those recently adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
For the second year in a row, Oregon halibut anglers will enjoy slightly more fishing opportunity thanks to a 9 percent increase in the harvest quota. Anglers also will see some of this quota shifted into popular fisheries in the central coast sub area.
Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon:
All-Depth Seasons have a combined quota of 11,985 pounds. Spring: Open three days a week (Thursday –Saturday) May 3 to July 15 or until the quota 9,516 pounds is met. Summer: Open three days a week (Friday-Sunday), Aug. 3 to Sept. 30 or until remaining quota is met.
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain:
Nearshore Season (inside 40-fathom line) open seven days a week from May 1 to Oct. 31, or until harvest quota of 23,014 pounds is met.
All-Depth Seasons have a combined quota of 168,766 pounds. Spring dates: May 10-12, May 17-19, May 24-26, and May 31-June 2. Backup days are June 14-16, June 28-30, July 12-14, and July 26-28. Spring quota is 120,821 lbs. Summer dates: every other Friday and Saturday( Aug. 3-4, Aug. 17-18, Aug. 31-Sept 1, Sept. 14-15, Sept. 28-29, Oct. 12-13, Oct. 26-27) until the quota is reached.
South of Humbug Mountain:
The season will be open seven days a week from May 1 to Oct. 31.