Perhaps they will get tired of me pointing on this major injustice, but that is not going to be the case. As usual, the all-depth spring halibut opener, on open weekends, runs from Thursday through Saturday. Usually the fishing starts out fairly good and then gradually drops off as the fishing spots get fished down. That means that, in most cases, Thursday and Friday tend to be more productive than Saturday – when anglers with regular Monday through Friday jobs have their only chance to fish – without taking time off from work.
The summer all-depth halibut season is a little more fair, since it runs on Fridays and Saturdays giving anglers with normal weekday jobs fully half the chance to catch a halibut as does anglers that are not working or are working in jobs that allow them to fish for halibut both days. The 50 percent opportunity is much better than the 33 percent opportunity afforded spring halibut anglers working normal jobs.
Making matters worse, is this year’s non-selective coho salmon season which starts on September 1st and 2nd this year (Sunday and Monday) and then switches over to Thursdays through Saturdays – giving anglers working Monday through Friday the same 33 percent chance that they have during the all-depth spring halibut openers.
This has been going on for a number of years now – and not one ODFW employee has managed to explain how this “strategy” is fair to all anglers.
There are a number of ways to make it a little more fair. Three day openers could run Saturday through Monday – or we could all pray for more people opting for early retirement and a sharp increase in Oregon’s unemployment rate.