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Non-selective ocean coho salmon fishery to close tomorrow
September 6, 2011


SALEM, Ore. –The non-selective ocean coho salmon fishery from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford, will close effective midnight Wednesday, when the coho quota for the season is expected to be reached.

The fishery, from Cape Falcon just north of Manzanita to Humbug Mountain near Port Orford, opened Sept. 1 and was scheduled to close on Sept. 10. Higher effort and a catch rate of more than double what fishery managers predicted helped anglers catch the 5,900 fish quota.

“For the seven days the fishery was open, anglers said the fishing was very good,” said Steve Williams, ODFW’s deputy administrator for the fish division. “However, looking towards this weekend, we realized there were not enough fish left on the quota to ensure fishing past Wednesday.”

While the non-selective ocean coho salmon fishery will close, Oregon anglers will enjoy the largest wild coho fishery on Oregon’s coastal rivers in 15 years when the season opens on Sept. 15.

For the third year in a row, predicted coho salmon returns are high enough to open some rivers and lakes to the harvest of wild fish.  In 2011 these include the Nehalem, Tillamook Bay, Nestucca, Siletz, Yaquina, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos, and Coquille rivers and Tenmile Lakes. Established wild coho fisheries will continue in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes.

The daily bag limit for wild coho will be one fish on all water bodies, but seasonal limits, harvest quotas and angling deadlines will vary with each river. For a complete description of the 2011 wild coho seasons go to




Micki Varney (541) 867-0300 x271
Richard Hargrave (503) 947-6020

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