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Fish and Wildlife Commission adopts summer and fall salmon seasons for the ocean and Columbia River



May 15, 2009


Rick Hargrave  (503) 947-6020 or Michelle Dennehy  (503) 947-6022
Fax:  (503) 947-6009

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today adopted the 2009 summer and fall salmon seasons for the ocean and Columbia River. The seasons are in keeping with Pacific Fishery Management Council guidelines adopted in April and are as follows:

Ocean sport salmon seasons

Leadbetter Point, Wash. to North of Cape Falcon

  • Coho and Chinook: June 28-Sept. 30
  • Quotas = 5,400 Chinook and 88,200 adipose fin-clipped coho
  • Two salmon/day, only one Chinook

Cape Falcon to Humbug

  • Chinook: Closed
  • Coho: June 20-Aug. 31 and  Sept. 1-30
  • Quotas = 110,000 adipose fin-clipped coho and 7,000 adipose fin-clipped coho
  • Daily bag limit 3/day and 2/day

South of Humbug

  • Chinook: Aug. 29-Sept. 7
  • Daily bag limit 2/day
  • Coho: June 20-Aug 31, under same regulations as the Cape Falcon to Humbug, adipose fin-clipped coho only.

Columbia River sport salmon seasons

Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Point

  • Steelhead and coho salmon: open to adipose fin-clipped steelhead and adipose fin-clipped adult coho (larger than 16 inches) Aug. 1 to Dec. 31
  • Fall chinook: open to chinook (fin-clipped or not) Aug.1-31 with a combined daily bag limit of  two adult salmon or steelhead in combination, of which only one may be a chinook.  During Sept. 1 – Dec. 31, retention of chinook is prohibited but the combined daily adult bag limit may include up to three adipose fin-clipped coho. 

Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville Dam

  • Summer chinook: open to adult chinook (fin-clipped or not) from June 22 – July 5. Open to jack chinook (fin-clipped or not) from June 16 – July 31.  The combined daily bag limit is two adults and five jacks.
  • Coho salmon: open to adipose fin-clipped adult coho (larger than 16 inches) Aug.1 to Dec. 31
  • Fall chinook: open to adult chinook and jacks (fin-clipped or not) during Aug. 1 – Sept. 13 from the Tongue/Rocky Point line upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse (Ore.) through red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island (Wash.).  From this line upstream to Bonneville Dam, retention of chinook adults and jacks is allowed Aug. 1 – Dec. 31. In open areas/periods, the combined daily bag limit is two adults (only one of which may be a chinook) and five jacks.

Mainstem Columbia River above Bonneville Dam

  • Coho: open Aug. 1 – Dec. 31 (all coho retained downriver of Hood River Bridge must be adipose fin-clipped)
  • Summer chinook: open to chinook adults (fin-clipped or not) July 1-31, and to chinook jacks (fin-clipped or not) June 16 – July 31
  • Fall chinook: open to chinook (fin-clipped or not) Aug. 1 – Dec.31
  • Combined daily bag limit is two adults and five jacks.


  • Retention of sockeye allowed concurrent with steelhead fisheries (season delayed)
    • Start date dependent upon upriver spring Chinook impacts
  • Sockeye considered adults and included in daily adult bag

The Commission also initiated contested case proceedings to revoke the commercial fishing licenses of two people convicted of three or more fishing violations in three years.

ODFW staff reviewed the draft Diamond Lake Management Plan. Diamond Lake, located about 80 miles east of Roseburg in the Cascade Mountains, is one of Oregon’s premiere trout fisheries. Public comments about the management plan will be accepted through the Sept. 4 Commission meeting in Grants Pass, when the Commission will consider the final plan. To comment, send an email to or mail it to ODFW Fish Division, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem, OR 97303. While comments will be accepted through Sept. 4, members of the public are urged to get their comments in no later than Aug. 25 so they can be included in the Commission’s information packet.

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly and the next scheduled meeting is June 5 in Salem. June agenda items include adoption of 2009 big game tag numbers, consideration of 2010 big game regulations, adoption of 2009 coastal fall chinook and coho regulations for terminal fisheries and adoption of the Cervid Disease Surveillance List for disease testing requirements at private cervid (deer and elk) ranches.

Agenda item exhibits may be requested by calling the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044, or by visiting the ODFW website at about 10 days in advance of the meeting.

Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.




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