Oregon and Southwest Washington anglers will see offshore salmon seasons only slightly reduced from 2014’s successful sport fisheries.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council is floating three options at coast hearings, all of them allowing offshore fishing for chinook salmon and wild and hatchery coho. They’re listed on the council’s Web site at pcouncil.org.
Final decisions will come April 10-16 at a council meeting in Rohnert Park, Calif., after public hearings March 30 in Westport, Wash., and Coos Bay and March 31 in Fort Bragg, Calif.
North of Cape Falcon, near Manzanita, selective (fin-clipped) coho quotas range from 117,600 to 159,200, beginning in late June to run into September. The 2014 quota was 184,300.
Chinook quotas range from 52,000 to 58,000 (59,100 in 2014).
Nearly 1 million coho returned to the Columbia River last year and this fall’s return is predicted to pass 700,000. The wild coho return to the Oregon Coast is predicted at 206,600.
Columbia River seasons will be decided separately.
Chinook salmon fishing has begun south of Cape Falcon and sport options guarantee seasons from April through October, perhaps into November. Options range from March to October out of Tillamook, Newport and Coos Bay, May through September in Brookings.
Fin-clipped coho seasons could begin in June or July and run into September with quotas from 40,000 to 60,000. In 2014, the quota of 80,000 wasn’t met.
Another wild-coho fishery in September will have a quota somewhere between 8,000 and 15,000. Last year’s was 20,000.
— Bill Monroe