Salmon Seasons

 

2014 Salmon Season

The Oregon commercial salmon season opened April 1 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt and will stay open through July 31, reopen August 6-29 and reopen September 3 through October 31 when each vessel will be allowed to catch 65 Chinook per vessel per week (Wednesday - Tuesday) in September and October.

Download the 2014 Salmon Troll Season (pdf) for complete season opening, closures and quotas.

2013 Salmon Season

The Oregon commercial salmon season opened April 1 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt and will stay open through August 29. The season will reopen September 4 through October 31 when each vessel will be allowed to catch 100 Chinook per vessel per week (Wednesday - Tuesday) in September and October.

Download the 2013 Salmon Troll Season (pdf) for complete season opening, closures and quotas.

2012 Salmon Season

The Oregon commercial salmon season opened April 1 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt and will stay open through August 29. The season will reopen September 5 through October 31 when each vessel will be allowed to catch 100 Chinook per vessel per calendar week in September and October. 

Download the 2012 Salmon Troll Season (pdf) for complete season openings, closures and quotas.

2011 Salmon Season

The Oregon commercial salmon season opened April 15 from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. and will stay open through August 31, with one closed week from July 10-16. It will be closed for the month of September and reopen for October.

From Humbug Mt. to the Oregon border, the season opens May 1. 

Download the 2011 Salmon Troll Season (pdf) for complete season openings, closures, and quotas.

2010 Salmon Season

There is a commercial salmon season this year for the fleet opening May 1 along the entire Oregon coast. Download the 2010 Salmon Troll Season for complete season open dates, closures, and quotas.

FCRPS Adaptive Management Implementation Plan - 2008-2018 Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion (pdf)

2009 Salmon Season

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) adopted the 2009 salmon season regulations which included Chinook and Coho fishing North of Cape Falcon.  Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will have an 11,000 Coho quota from September 1 through the earlier of September 30 or when the quota is met.

2009 Salmon Troll Season (pdf)

2009 Recreational Season (pdf)

2008 Salmon Season

For three consecutive years, dismal salmon returns have resulted in disastrous seasons for West Coast fishermen and the communities that rely on the business they create. On Thursday, April 10, 2008, the Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the most restrictive salmon fisheries in the history for the West Coast, in response to the unprecedented collapse of Sacramento River fall Chinook and the exceptionally poor status of coho salmon from Oregon and Washington. Cape Falcon, on Oregon’s north coast, to the U.S./Mexico border will be closed in 2008, with fisheries north of Cape Falcon to the Canadian line being severely restricted.

On April 10, 2008, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski issued Executive Order No. 08-10 declaring a "state of emergency in Tillamook, Lincoln Coos, Clatsop, and Curry counties and coastal portions of Lane and Douglas counties due to limitations on ocean commercial and sport salmon fishing." The Governor allocated $500,000 from his strategic reserve funds, with the Emergency Board adding another $500,000, for distribution through the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) to Oregon ocean troll salmon fishermen and eligible ocean salmon charter fishers. ODA with an advisory group developed criteria and worked with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) and the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) to assist with fishermen lists. This state money has been distributed to qualifying fishermen.

Federal Disaster Funds:  The deadline to apply for these funds was December 31, 2008. No more applications will be accepted.  These funds were included in the Farm Bill and passed along to the Department of Commerce and NOAA. Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) wrote a contract with NOAA for distribution of those funds to Oregon ocean fishermen, processors/wholesalers, charterboat owners, Columbia River coho gillnet fishermen and processors as well as businesses affected by the closure.

2008 Salmon Troll Season (pdf)

2008 Recreational Season (pdf)

2007 Salmon Season

The 2007 Oregon ocean troll salmon season did not measure up to the expectations of either troll fishermen or fishery managers.  Coming off the 2006 season when major sections of the Oregon Coast were closed to salmon trolling and the season was declared a fishery failure by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, fishermen had hoped for a return to a more average year in 2007.  But the Chinook failed to show up, and even with increased fishing opportunities, the catches were no better than 2006.

According to Pacific Fishery Management Council's Review of 2007 Ocean Salmon Fisheries (Feb. 2008) 565,000 pounds of salmon were landed in 2007 compared to the 499,000 pounds landed during the limited 2006 salmon fishing season.

2007 Salmon Troll Season (pdf)

2007 Recreational Season (pdf)

2006 Salmon Season

Emergency Rule Approved: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Fisheries Services (NOAA Fisheries) announced April 28, 2006 that it was approving an emergency rule to allow some limited salmon fishing along the Oregon and California coasts. These new regulations will allow the ocean salmon fishery to open as scheduled on May 1. They mirror the recommendations made earlier this month by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) in an effort to protect dwindling numbers of Chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River to spawn. NOAA Decision (pdf)

2006 Salmon Troll Season (pdf)

2006 Recreational Season (pdf)

2006 Synopsis Oregon Commercial Fishing Regulations (pdf)

2006 Disaster Declaration

Oregon Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden introduced a bill to the Senate, "To direct the Secretary of Commerce to provide emergency disaster assistance to mitigate the economic losses caused by salmon fishery restrictions along the California and Oregon coast, and for other purposes." Senate Bill (pdf)

California Representative Thompson introduced a bill to the House of Representatives, "To direct the Secretary of Commerce to provide emergency disaster assistance to mitigate the economic losses caused by declining Klamath River salmon and to develop and implement a research and recovery plan for Klamath River salmon, and for other purposes." House of Representatives Bill (pdf)

Governor Ted Kulongoski declared a state of emergency Monday April 24, 2006 for coastal communities that will likely suffer economic stress because of severe federal restrictions on ocean salmon fishing this summer. The declaration came in an executive order that also directed state agencies to respond to the crisis immediately. The Governor also announced that he was creating a webpage for communities affected by the fish closing to connect with various services and actions that state agencies are taking as a result of this executive order. The webpage will link from the Governor's home page (http://governor.oregon.gov)

 

2005 Salmon Season

The 2005 commercial salmon troll season had closures of up to three months in some areas to protect Klamath River chinook.

Over 2.6 million pounds of salmon were landed with a value of $8.46 million to fishermen for the 2005 season.

2005 Salmon Troll Season (pdf)

2005 Synopsis Oregon Commercial Fishing Regulations (pdf)

2004 Salmon Season

2004 Salmon Seasons (pdf)

Over 2.8 million pounds of salmon were landed with a value of over $9.7 million to fishermen for the 2004 season.

For additional information, contact the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) at 503-326-6352 or NOAA Fisheries at 206-526-6140, or the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife Marine Program Office at 541-867-4741. For a recorded message that summarizes in season changes to date, call the ocean salmon telephone hotline at 206-526-6667 or 800-662-9825.  

In Season Changes

As changes occur, they will be available here. Check back regularly to stay current.

 

 

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