Ocean anglers get long salmon season

In Brookings, Gold Beach area it runs May 1 through Sept. 9

Southern Oregon's ocean anglers will get more than a full summer of chinook salmon fishing after The Pacific Fishery Management Council set the most liberal salmon season seen off the south coast in three decades.

The council this week adopted a season for anglers fishing out of Gold Beach and Brookings that will open May 1 and run through Sept. 9.

The season includes a two-fish daily limit per person and incorporates the three summer holiday weekends: Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day.

The summer salmon season also includes an opportunity to catch and keep fin-clipped hatchery coho off virtually the entire Oregon Coast from July 1-31, or until 8,000 coho are caught.

The recreational troll fleet, which has been hurt in recent years by poor seasons and last year's tsunami, also will see its best opportunity in several years.

The commercial troll season south of Humbug Mountain near Port Orford will run June 1 through Aug. 29, and Sept. 5-30, with individual monthly quotas of 1,000 to 2,000 fish.

Meeting in Seattle, the PFMC passed the seasons after a weeklong series of meetings that concluded Friday.

The liberal seasons are possible because more than 1.6 million chinook are estimated to be headed toward Northern California's Klamath River, the highest number in more than 30 years.

Southern Oregon and part of Northern California make up the PFMC's Klamath Management Zone, where ocean fishing seasons are set largely to ensure that 36,000 chinook escape sport and commercial fisheries to spawn in the Klamath basin annually.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.

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