the hatchery coho season is fast approaching
Oregon’s offshore fishermen will have over two months of fishing this summer for hatchery “silver” coho salmon off the central coast starting June 12.
Unless the authorized capture of 120,000 cut silver pieces cross the bridges before the scheduled August 28 closure date for the ocean between Cape Falcon near Manzanita in the north and Humbug Mountain near Port Orford in the south.
Prior to the pandemic, the traditional sweet spot on the coho fishermen’s fishing calendar was July 4, which falls on a Sunday this year.
Sea fishing for the largest “king” Chinook salmon between Falcon and Humbug began on March 15th and will continue until October 31st.
Coho fishermen will have a second bite of the apple off the central coast when the hatchery-only restriction is lifted in September.
The uncut coho fishery is open September 10-12, September 17-20, and 24-26 (Friday through Sunday) or until the authorized catch of 14,000 coho is landed, whichever occurs first.
Chinook fishing continues on days when coho is prohibited.
Too much information? A PDF map with descriptions of the salmon seasons off Oregon 2021 is online at No Slide Title (state.or.us)
Here is a list of fishing charters if you want to make reservations:
Depoe Bay Dockside Charters: (541) 765-2545. Website: www.docksidedepoebay.com Tradewinds Charters: (800) 445-8730. Website: www.tradewindscharters.com
Newport Newport Marina Store & Charters: (541) 867-4470. Website: www.nmscharters.com Newport Tradewinds: (541) 265-2101. Website: www.newporttradewinds.com Yaquina Bay Charters: (541) 265-6800. Website: www.yaquinabaycharters.com
CHANGE OF ADDRESS: If you regularly communicate with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife by email, you must update your address book online.
Although the recipient information remains the same, after the @ the suffix should be ODFW.Oregon.gov instead of the old state.or.us for routing.
The change took effect on April 23.
As an example, the “to” line in emails to the Fish and Wildlife Commission should be [email protected]
The highlights of this week
Object 1: Speaking of salmon… Welcome back!
Over 3,000 adult spring-return chinook salmon passed through the Willamette Falls fish ladder on the Willamette River, including counts of 779 on April 19 and 612 on April 20.
Fishing is open for fin-clipped hatchery chinook until August 31 on the north and south forks of the Santiam River, and year-round on the main Willamette section. Fish counts are online at 7 days and adult YTD counts (fpc.org)
Point 2: The pond at EE Wilson Wildlife Sanctuary was stocked the week of April 19-23 with 2,300 trout including bonus babies, hatchery cutthroat trout tipping the scales at more than one book each.
Take Highway 99W South to Camp Adair Road, just north of Corvallis. The access trail parking lot is on the left just past Camp Adair Memorial Garden.
A wildlife reserve parking permit is required ($ 10 per day, $ 30 per year at permit agents or online with the purchase of a parking permit for the ODFW Wildlife Preserve | Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (myodfw.com)
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK: People who don’t like surprises probably shouldn’t get into fishing, and vice versa.
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