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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 16, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Breakdown of West Coast ocean sport salmon fisheries

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Here is the breakdown on the sport salmon fishing seasons for the ocean north of Cape Falcon for the Washington coast:

Overall non-Indian total allowable catch (TAC): 64,600 (non-mark-selective equivalent of 61,800) chinook and 80,000 coho marked with a healed adipose fin clip (marked).

Sport TAC: 33,700 (non-mark selective equivalent of 30,900) chinook and 67,200 marked coho; all retained coho must be marked.

There is no preseason trade of chinook or coho between non-Indian commercial and recreational fisheries.

There is no Area 4B add-on fishery up at Neah Bay.

The Buoy 10 fishery at the Columbia River mouth opens Aug. 1 with an expected landed catch of 7,000 marked coho in August and September. The chinook retention fishery closes after Aug. 28, and becomes coho only.

ALL WASHINGTON COASTAL WATERS (U.S./Canada Border to Cape Falcon):

Open June 18 through earlier of June 25 or a coastwide marked chinook quota of 4,800. Open seven days per week. Two fish per day, all salmon except coho, all chinook must be marked with a healed adipose fin clip. Chinook 24-inch total length minimum size limit.

Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall chinook recreational TAC for north of Cape Falcon.

NEAH BAY (U.S./Canada Border to Cape Alava):

Open June 26 through earlier of September 18 or 6,990 marked coho subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 3,200 chinook.

Open seven days per week. All salmon except no chum beginning August 1; two fish per day, no more than one of which can be a chinook, plus one additional pink salmon. All coho must be marked. Beginning August 1, chinook non-retention east of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line during council managed ocean fishery. Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall Chinook and coho recreational TACs for north of Cape Falcon.

LA PUSH (Cape Alava to Queets River):

Open June 26 through earlier of September 18 or 1,700 marked coho subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 1,350 chinook. Then open September 24 through earlier of October 9 or 50 marked coho quota or 50 chinook quota in the area north of 47°50’00 N. lat. and south of 48°00’00” N. lat.

Open seven days per week. All salmon; two fish per day, no more than one of which can be a chinook, plus one additional pink salmon. All coho must be marked. Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall chinook and coho recreational TACs for north of Cape Falcon.

WESTPORT (Queets River to Leadbetter Point):

Open June 26 through earlier of September 18 or 24,860 marked coho subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 16,900 chinook.

Open Sunday through Thursday. All salmon; two fish per day, no more than one of which can be a chinook. All coho must be marked. Grays Harbor Control Zone closed beginning August 1. Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall chinook and coho recreational TACs for north of Cape Falcon.

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ILWACO (Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon):

Open June 26 through earlier of September 30 or 33,600 marked coho subarea quota with a subarea guideline of 7,400 chinook.

Open seven days per week. All salmon; two fish per day, no more than one of which can be a chinook. All coho must be marked. Columbia Control Zone closed. Inseason management may be used to sustain season length and keep harvest within the overall chinook and coho recreational TACs for north of Cape Falcon.

Here is the breakdown on the sport salmon fishing seasons for the ocean south of Cape Falcon:

1. Sacramento River Basin recreational fishery catch assumption: 61,400 adult Sacramento River fall chinook.

2. Sacramento River fall chinook spawning escapement of 377,000 adults.

3. Klamath River recreational fishery allocation: 7,900 adult Klamath River fall chinook.

4. Klamath tribal allocation: 34,800 adult Klamath River fall chinook.

5. Overall recreational TAC: 15,000 marked coho and 3,000 unmarked coho.

OREGON (Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.):

Except as provided below during the all-salmon mark-selective and non-mark-selective coho fisheries, the season will be March 15 through September 30. All salmon except coho; two fish per day.

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. all-salmon mark-selective coho fishery: July 2 through earlier of August 13 or a landed catch of 15,000 marked coho. Open seven days per week. All salmon, two fish per day. All retained coho must be marked. Any remainder of the mark selective coho quota will be transferred on an impact neutral basis to the September nonselective coho quota listed below. The all salmon except coho season reopens the earlier of August 14 or attainment of the coho quota, through August 31.

Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. non-mark-selective coho fishery: September 1 through the earlier of September 10 or a landed catch of 3,000 non-mark-selective coho quota. Open Thursday through Saturday all salmon, two fish per day; Sunday through Wednesday, all salmon except coho, two fish per day. The all salmon except coho season reopens the earlier of September 11 or attainment of the coho quota. Open days may be adjusted inseason to utilize the available coho quota.

Fishing in the Stonewall Bank yelloweye rockfish conservation area restricted to trolling only on days the all depth recreational halibut fishery is open (call the halibut fishing hotline 800-662-9825 for specific dates).

In 2012, the season between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. will open March 15 for all salmon except coho, two fish per day Humbug Mt. to OR/CA Border. (Oregon KMZ).

Open May 14 through September 5. Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length.

OREGON-NORTHERN CALIFORNIA SALMON FISHERIES

OR/CA Border to Horse Mt.:

Open May 14 through September 5. Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length.

Humbug Mt. to OR/CA Border:

Open May 14 through September 5. Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length.

OR/CA Border to Horse Mt.:

Open May 14 through September 5. Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length. Klamath Control Zone closed in August. See California State regulations for additional closures adjacent to the Smith, Eel, and Klamath rivers.

FORT BRAGG AREA (Horse Mt. to Point Arena):

Open April 2 through October 30. Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length.

In 2012, season opens April 7 for all salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length; and the same gear restrictions as in 2011.

SAN FRANCISCO (Point Arena to Pigeon Pt.):

Open April 2 through October 30. Seven days per week. All salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length.

In 2012, season opens April 7 for all salmon except coho, two fish per day. Chinook minimum size limit of 24 inches total length; and the same gear restrictions as in 2011.

MINIMUM SIZE LIMIT

North of Cape Falcon: 24-inches for chinook and 16-inches for coho.

Cape Falcon to OR/CA Border: 24-inches for chinook and 16-inches for coho.

OR/CA Border to U.S./Mexico Border: 24-inches for chinook and 24-inches for coho.

(Photo by Seattle Times wire services and Steve Sande, Puget Sound Anglers chpater member)

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