ODFW News – 4/15/19 OCEAN SALMON ACTION NOTICE:

4/15/19 OCEAN SALMON ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendations for 2019 ocean salmon seasons on Monday, April 15. Draft copies of the adopted seasons will be available at the PMFC’s website in the near future (www.pcouncil.org), and graphics of the recreational and commercial troll seasons will also be available on www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/salmon/ by Friday, April 19, and are appended to this email. Seasons beginning in May are not official until receiving final approval by the Secretary of Commerce (anticipated prior to May 6), and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters within 3 nautical miles of shore (anticipated April 19).

The adopted regulations for Chinook Salmon reflect the improved status of Sacramento River fall Chinook, and the Rogue River fall Chinook and Klamath River fall Chinook populations both are in good and fair condition respectively. Also most of the north migrating stocks of Chinook (Oregon Coastal Chinook stocks from the Nehalem River south to the Elk River as well as a number of Columbia River Chinook stocks) are in moderate to poor condition. These north migrating stocks of Chinook contribute very little to Oregon’s ocean seasons, but are very important to Oregon’s inside estuary and river recreational seasons.

Columbia basin hatchery Coho Salmon abundance is forecast to be very good and is reflected in the greatly expanded fin-clipped recreational coho seasons both north and south of Cape Falcon this year.

Recreational Season Summary:

Ocean waters off the Columbia River from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon will be open for recreational salmon fishing from June 22 through the earlier of September 30 or quota with a hatchery mark selective Coho Salmon quota of 79,800 and a Chinook Salmon guideline of 7,150. The daily bag limit will be two salmon, but no more than one Chinook Salmon and all Coho Salmon must have a healed adipose fin clip.

Recreational Chinook Salmon seasons on the central Oregon Coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opened for Chinook Salmon on March 15 and will continue through October 31. The area from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border will be open for recreational Chinook Salmon beginning on May 25 and continuing through September 2.

The hatchery mark selective Coho Salmon season from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border will be open from June 22 through the earlier of August 25 or the quota of 90,000 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon. There will be a more limited non-selective Coho Salmon season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. that is scheduled to be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning on August 31 and continuing through the earlier of September 30 or the quota of 9,000 non mark selective Coho Salmon.

Commercial Troll Season Summary:

The commercial troll salmon seasons north of Cape Falcon will have very limited Chinook Salmon quotas again this year. The fishery will be managed by quotas, season length, and vessel landing week (Thursday-Wednesday) limits. The early Chinook Salmon only season will start on May 6 and will continue through the earlier of June 28, the overall quota of 13,200 Chinook Salmon, or the Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon subarea cap of 1,800 Chinook Salmon. The season will open with a 100 Chinook Salmon per vessel cap for the period of May 6-15, and then shift to a 50 Chinook Salmon per vessel per landing week (Thurs-Wed) beginning on May 16.

The summer all salmon fishery north of Cape Falcon will open on July 1 and continue through the earlier of the overall Chinook Salmon quota of 13,050 Chinook or 30,400 fin clipped coho. Landing week (Thurs-Wed) limit of 150 adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon per vessel. Mandatory call-in requirements within an hour of landing are in place for all quota managed seasons. Vessels must call in to (541)867-0300 x271 with vessel name, vessel number, number of harvested salmon by species, port of landing, destination, and estimated time of delivery. The mandatory report can also be made by email to su.ro.etatsnull@troperllort.noclafn

From Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. the Chinook Salmon season will be open April 20-30, May 6-30, June 1-August 29, and September 1 through October 31. Beginning September 1, a 75 Chinook Salmon per vessel weekly limit (Thursday through Wednesday) will be in place.

From Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border, the commercial troll fishery will be open April 20-30 and May 6-30. Beginning June 1, landing week (Thurs-Wed) limits of 50 Chinook Salmon per vessel will go into effect along with monthly quotas of 3,200 Chinook Salmon in June (6/1-30 or quota), 2,500 in July (7/1-31 or quota), and 1,200 in August (8/1-29 or quota). Unused quota may be transferred forward to the next open quota period on an impact neutral basis. Mandatory call-in requirements within an hour of landing are in place for all quota managed seasons. Vessels must call in to (541)867-0300 x252 with vessel name, vessel number, number of harvested salmon by species, port of landing, destination, and estimated time of delivery. The report may also be made by email to su.ro.etatsnull@troperllort.rozmk

Other Information:

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 Justine Kenyon-Benson at (541)867-0300 x271.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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