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Ocean Chinook opens for sport anglers Tuesday
 
March 10, 2011

 

NEWPORT, Ore. – Ocean anglers will be able to pursue chinook salmon on Oregon’s central coast starting March 15.

“The Sacramento fall chinook salmon, which have been a major limiting stock on the ocean salmon seasons over the past few seasons, are forecast to be at near average abundance this year and will allow for much more fishing opportunity during the 2011 season,” said Eric Schindler, ocean salmon project leader for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Fishing for all salmon except coho will be open from March 15 to April 30 from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford as scheduled, he said.  Anglers fishing out of Tillamook Bay are reminded that only adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon may be retained when fishing inside Tillamook Bay and offshore waters within the 15-fathom depth contour between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock.

West Coast fishery managers are still working on other decisions about salmon seasons off the Oregon coast. The range of alternatives for the 2011 season was adopted for public review March 9 at the Pacific Fisheries Management Council (PFMC) meeting in Vancouver, Wash. A public hearing process will occur later this month, including a hearing in Coos Bay at the Red Lion Inn beginning at 7 p.m., March 28.  The season development will conclude during the Pacific Fisheries Management Council meeting in San Mateo, Calif., April 9 through 13.

“The commercial chinook salmon fishery south of Cape Falcon scheduled to open on March 15 has been delayed until April 15 under in-season action,” Schindler said. “This season will run from April 15 through 30 in the area from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain.”

The area from Humbug Mountain to the Oregon-California border will remain closed during March and April.  Seasons after April 30 are being developed at this time, he said.

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Contact:

Erich Schindler or Brandon Ford (541) 867-4741
Fax: (541) 867-0311

 
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