Ocean chinook salmon fishing north of Humbug Mountain will open Saturday, March 15, according to a press release issued today by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The National Marine Fisheries Service in consultation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, the state of Oregon, and fishery interests have reviewed the recreational chinook salmon seasons adopted under the 2013 regulation-setting process, and the season scheduled to run March 15 through April 30 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain will occur as scheduled.

All retained chinook salmon must be 24 inches or longer.

Anglers fishing in ocean waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay between Twin Rocks and Pyramid Rock and within the 15-fathom depth contour are reminded that only adipose fin clipped chinook salmon may be retained or on board while fishing, the release said.

Seasons from May 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015, are currently being developed. Season alternatives will be reviewed and a final season recommendation made at the Pacific Fishery Management Council public meeting in Vancouver, Wash., by April 10.