September 11, 2013
NEWPORT – Starting Thursday (Sept. 12), anglers can keep any legal sized salmon they catch in the ocean on the central Oregon coast after fishery managers increased the popular non-selective coho fishery to seven days a week.
The ocean coho fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain opened Sept. 1 and was scheduled to be open every Thursday through Saturday throughout September. During the first five open days of the season, ocean conditions for coho were less than ideal, and anglers only landed a total of 2,410 coho out of the quota of 19,580, according to Eric Schindler, ocean salmon supervising biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
“Fishery managers felt they could open seven days a week and still remain within the coho quota,” Schindler said. “This is the third consecutive year we’ve had a non-selective coho fishery in September. It has been very popular with anglers.”
The daily bag limit is now two, legal-size salmon (chinook at least 24 inches, coho at least 16 inches, and steelhead at least 20 inches). Anglers are reminded that single-point barbless hooks are still required for ocean salmon angling or if a salmon is on board the vessel in the ocean.
If anglers catch the coho quota before the end of September, fishery managers will close the coho fishery and anglers will be required to release all coho they catch.
The all-salmon-except-coho fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain will remain open through the end of October.