Pete Heley Outdoors 9 / 30 / 2015

As for the summer all-depth halibut fishery – there were 3,936 pounds landed last week. which leaves 8,043 pounds remaining on the all-depth quota (which includes 1,486 pounds rolled over from the spring all-depth fishery). The 1,056 pounds landed last week put the nearshore catch about 900 pounds over the summer allocation or quota.

Several fisheries agencies discussed the progress of these fisheries, the amount of quota remaining, and anticipated effort and harvest between now and the October 31st regulatory closure.  Based on that, 3,000 pounds (the amount left over from the spring all-depth plus ~1,500 pounds from the summer all-depth) will be transferred to the nearshore fishery.  That leaves 5,043 pounds for the summer all-depth and 2,100 pounds for the nearshore.  This quota shift should allow both fisheries to continue for a couple more weeks, and provide the best opportunity for the Central Coast allocation to be harvested.  Therefore, the nearshore fishery remains open and the all-depth season will be open October 2-3.  The following all-depth dates are October 16-17.

The Columbia River Subarea Nearshore Fishery closed by regulation at 11:59 pm on September 30 and the Southern Oregon Halibut Sub Area has 4,900 pounds remaining and will likely remain open until its regulatory closure on October 31st.

The nonselective season for ocean coho salmon closed on Wednesday, September 30th. The adjusted quota of 20,700 unclipped coho was nowhere close to being met. The nonselective coho season for the Umpqua River will continue through October 15th since there is no river quota this year. The limiting factor is the one unclipped coho salmon per day and two unclipped coho salmon per individual angler per season. Many anglers have already reached this limit which includes all the rivers with two unclipped coho season limits and are releasing their unclipped cohos while hoping to hook a Chinook salmon or finclipped coho.

After reaching the two fish limit for wild or unclipped cohos, an angler could travel to a river along the northern Oregon coast with a one unclipped coho season limit and keep one additional unclipped coho since the rivers with one unclipped coho season limits and the rivers with two unclipped coho season limits are considered independent of each other.

Also independent of the coastal rivers are the three coastal lakes with coho seasons that open to coho fishing on October 1st. Their season limits for any adult cohos taken from these three lakes (Siltcoos, Tahkenitch and Tenmile) is five fish (only one adult coho per day), but any unclipped cohos taken from an Oregon coastal river and previously kept are considered part of that five salmon season limit for individual anglers.

Once an angler reaches his individual daily or season limits for unclipped cohos he can continue fishing while hoping to fill out his two salmon daily limit with a Chinook salmon or a finclipped coho salmon. Even though the daily limit for immature or jack salmon can be up to five fish per day, an angler is expected to quit fishing after keeping his daily limit of two adult salmon.

Exceptionally large vermillion rockfish were reported taken last week out of both Charlston and Newport and the deeper bottomfish spots out of both Winchester Bay and Florence will, once again, be legal to fish starting on Thursday, October 1st.

According to the Charlston ODFW office, it is not legal to purchase a one day fishing license(which includes a salmon/steelhead/halibut tag after purchasing the regular combined angling tag – which makes it even more important to not leave your fishing licenses and tags at home when visiting the Oregon coast.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.

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