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Old 08-03-2006, 09:09 PM   #1
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My first fall nook trip of the year and a 12-13lb buck went into the box. I had only trolled for about 5 minutes this morning and the rod went off. At first I thought I was snagged, but when I lifted the rod out of the holder I could definately feel the headshakes. Others out there said that it was the first fish caught on the Alsea in 06. Hopefully this will be a good start to the season. My fish was the only one that I saw landed or hooked for about 6 boats fishing.

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Old 08-03-2006, 09:26 PM   #2
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It only gets better from here on
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Old 08-03-2006, 10:14 PM   #3
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that all I need to hear, my boat will be heading that way next nice day. Thanks for the info
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Old 08-03-2006, 11:34 PM   #4
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WTG Ryan

Gonna hit the Ump. this weekend
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Old 08-04-2006, 05:49 AM   #5
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Congrats, it won't be long on the CR!
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:57 AM   #6
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Where is the Pic?
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Old 08-04-2006, 01:10 PM   #7
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Congrats Ryan.
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Old 08-04-2006, 01:37 PM   #8
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That's good to hear. Where did you pick him up?
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Old 08-04-2006, 01:44 PM   #9
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What time is the bbq?
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Old 08-04-2006, 02:13 PM   #10
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The fish was caught at the mouth of Drift Creek trolling a plug cut herring. No pics, because it is hard to take a picture of yourself holding a fish. :grin: Went again today and nada. It can only get better from here.
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:45 PM   #11
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Sweet deal. I just wondered if you picked him up in the Jaws or around drift creek. Bring on the fall fish.
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:57 PM   #12
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You said it, bring on the fall fish... I am hoping this season is going to be great. This post just got me excited to get out there. Maybe not quite yet, but soon...
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:32 PM   #13
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Good job Ryan!

I will be over there in the near future to join in the hunt.
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Old 08-04-2006, 11:19 PM   #14
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Old 08-05-2006, 01:29 PM   #15
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All coastal rivers should start picking up from now.
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Old 08-05-2006, 02:41 PM   #16
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Better get out there and get a fish before September 1st.

The ODFW just approved a commercial bubble fishery off the mouth of the Alsea that starts September 1. The commercials will be allowed to harvest 2000 Chinook in the Alsea bubble.

If the fish don't show up in September, you'll know why now.
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:18 AM   #17
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I sure hope that is for troll caught off the mouth and not net. Anyboby know for sure?
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:51 AM   #18
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So much for salmon fishing on the Alsea.
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Old 08-07-2006, 10:23 AM   #19
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FYI

Here's the info from the ODFW site.

ACTION NOTICES/UPDATES

8/4/06 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today unanimously voted to adopt a series of commercial troll chinook state waters fisheries to begin in September. These fisheries, often referred to as "bubble fisheries," will mostly begin in September, and are designed to target on returning local stocks of fall chinook while minimizing the risk of intercepting non-local stocks of salmon. The Commission took this action to provide some limited relief to the Oregon commercial troll fleet who are facing the most restricted season in history.

ODFW staff testifying before the commission made a point of identifying that these are not new fisheries, as fishing has been allowed in these areas for over 100 years. The difference this year is that much of the area and/or season had been closed by NOAA Fisheries to reduce impacts to Klamath River fall chinook. Changes to previously adopted state waters terminal area fisheries off Tillamook Bay, Elk River, and Chetco River were also approved. Gear restrictions in all fisheries include the four spreads per wire limitation, and only single point barbless hooks. All bubble and terminal area fisheries are limited to retention of only chinook salmon. A summary of Commission actions is as follows:

Nehalem/Tillamook Bubble (Cape Falcon to Pyramid Rock and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-16 and Oct. 1-16, or quota of 2,000 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Garibaldi or Nehalem. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Tillamook Terminal Area Extension (Twin Rocks to Pyramid Rock and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open Nov. 1-15. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Nestucca Bubble (Cape Kiwanda to Neskowin Cr. and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-16 and Oct. 1-16, or quota of 1,000 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Pacific City or Garibaldi. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Yaquina Bubble (Yaquina Head to 4433'00"N and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-16 and Oct. 1-16, or quota of 1,000 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Newport or Depoe Bay. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Alsea Bubble (4429'00"N to 4423'00"N and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-16 and Oct. 1-16, or quota of 2,000 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Newport or Depoe Bay. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Siuslaw Bubble (Heceta Head to 4400'00"N and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-16 and Oct. 1-16, or quota of 2,000 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Newport, Florence, Winchester Bay, or Coos Bay. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Umpqua Bubble (Tahkenitch Cr. to 4337'00"N and inside 30 fathom curve - defined by waypoints): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-30, or quota of 1,000 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Winchester Bay, or Coos Bay. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Coos Bubble (4331'00"N to Cape Arago and inside 30 fathom curve - defined by waypoints): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-Oct. 16, or quota of 1,500 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Coos Bay. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Elk Bubble (Cape Blanco to Humbug Mt. and inside 30 fathom curve - defined by waypoints): Open Sept. 15 through Dec. 15. All fish must be landed in Port Orford. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Rogue Bubble (Nesika Reef (4230'00"N) to Cape Sebastian and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open through the earlier of Sept. 1-15, or quota of 750 chinook. Total landing and possession limit (all bubbles and general season combined) of 50 chinook/vessel per calendar week (Sunday through Saturday). All fish must be landed in Port Orford, Gold Beach, or Brookings. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

Chetco Terminal Area (Twin Rocks (4205'36"N) to the Oregon/California Border (4159'47"N) and within 0-3 Nautical Miles of shore): Open through the earlier of Oct. 13 through Nov. 3, or quota of 750 chinook. Single daily landing and possession limit of 25 chinook per vessel. All fish must be landed in Brookings. Chinook minimum length of 28 inches.

7/27/06 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held at 2:00 PM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial troll fishery representatives. The call was to discuss the status of the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery. There have been two openings in July (July 15-18 and July 22-25) with estimated landings of 644 chinook and 36 adipose clipped coho out of the quotas of 11,550 chinook and 6,800 coho. In addition, there are approximately 1,500 chinook remaining from the spring chinook quota of 22,450 chinook. Current landing limits in this fishery are 35 chinook and 35 adipose clipped coho salmon per open period. Beginning August 5 the open period landing and possession limit was scheduled to change to 30 chinook and 40 adipose clipped coho.

ACTION TAKEN: Beginning Saturday, July 29, the commercial troll salmon chinook landing limit between the US/Canada Border and Cape Falcon will increase from 35 to 60 chinook per vessel per open fishing period.

RATIONALE: The low participation level during the first two open periods is due to poor ocean conditions and the low landing limits. By increasing the landing limit to 60 chinook, it is expected that the number of boats participating will increase and allow for an orderly managed harvest of the remaining chinook quota.

NOTES: All other regulations for this fishery remain as listed in the 2006 Federal Regulations for West Coast Salmon Fisheries including mandatory call-in provisions for all boats landing fish from this fishery into Oregon, the 6 inch or longer artificial plug restriction, and the adipose clipped coho landing and possession limits remain unchanged.

7/24/06 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held at 9:30 AM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and recreational fishery interests. The purpose of the call was to discuss the status of the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon recreational salmon seasons and potential inseason actions related to the current bag limit and the open days per week. For the Columbia River catch area (Leadbetter Pt., WA to Cape Falcon, OR) current regulations allow for a daily bag limit of two salmon with no more than one chinook (all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip), and salmon fishing is open five days per week (Sunday through Thursday). Discussion centered on two potential actions: Opening the fishery to fishing all days of the week, and eliminating the restriction of no more than one chinook in the bag limit.

ACTION TAKEN: The recreational salmon fishery in the ocean between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon will open to fishing seven days per week effective August 11, 2006. Concurrently, the bag limit will go to two salmon per day (all retained coho must have a healed adipose fin clip). Note: The Columbia River Control Zone closure remains in effect, and the area between Tillamook Head and Cape Falcon closes to all salmon fishing beginning August 1.

RATIONALE: The fishery management plan for the recreational seasons North of Cape Falcon sets as a goal having open fishing through the Labor Day holiday, and when possible open for all species. Analyses of the seasons by Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife staff using current effort and catches through July 16, and forecasting into September using two separate methods indicated that relaxing the one chinook restriction and opening to seven days per week could possibly result in not attaining the Labor Day weekend if the change occurred as early as August 4. By waiting until August 11 to implement the changes, there was a much stronger chance of being able to fish through at least the Labor Day weekend and meet the established management goal.

6/30/06 ACTION NOTICE: The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will re-open in all depths between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. for the period of July 6, 7, and 8. Approximately 15% of the spring harvest quota remains, and will allow for the additional fishing days.

6/15/06 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held at 12:00 PM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial troll fishery representatives. The call was to discuss status of US/Canada border to Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery. As of June 13, total catch in this fishery was estimated at 21,567 chinook out of a quota of 22,450, leaving approximately 880 chinook remaining to be caught. There was concurrence that there were not enough fish remaining to open for the next scheduled open period on June 17. The following action was taken:

The commercial troll salmon fishery in the area between the US/Canada to Cape Falcon will close to all troll salmon fishing from June 16 through June 26. There will be another opening scheduled for the period of June 27 through June 30 with an open period possession and landing limit of 20 chinook per vessel. Vessels have 24 hours after the close of the fishery to land and deliver their catch, and vessels delivering into Oregon must meet specific call-in provisions as adopted for all seasons North of Cape Falcon. All other special catch and landing requirements remain in effect.

6/15/06 ACTION NOTICE: The recreational Pacific halibut fishery will re-open in all depths between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. for the period of June 22, 23, and 24. Approximately 17% of the spring harvest quota remains, and will allow for the additional fishing days.

5/10/06 Correction to the HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES MEETING NOTICE of 5/5/06: The meeting schedules have been changed by NOAA Fisheries due to a conflict with ODFW scheduled groundfish meetings. The corrected information has been added to the original post below.

5/5/06 HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES MEETING NOTICE: NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, in collaboration with the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the respective state natural resource agencies, will hold a series of public meetings to discuss topics important to commercial and recreational fishermen of Highly Migratory Species (HMS) such as tunas, sharks and billfish.

The meetings will highlight the current status of domestic and international HMS activities along with the rules and regulations of the federal Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for U.S. fishing vessels targeting HMS off the coast of California , Oregon and Washington.

Topics to be discussed include the following:

2005 north Pacific albacore season summary and stock status

U.S.-Canada Albacore Treaty with update on 2006-07 management measures

Status of regional HMS Resolutions and Conservation measures

HMS FMP regulations (logbooks, vessel markings, bycatch issues, observers, HMS permits, exempted fishing permits)

Preliminary albacore tagging results and future plans

The meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m . at the date and locations listed below

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May 15
Woodley Island Marina Conference Room, 601 Startare Dr. , Eureka , CA, 95501. (707) 443-0801
Eureka-Crescent City , California

May 16
Hatfield Marine Science Center , 2030 SE Main Science Drive
Newport , OR 97365 . (541) 867-0100.
Newport , Oregon

May 17
Comfort Inn Suites, 3420 Leif Erickson Dr. , Astoria , OR , 97103 . (503) 325-2000.
Astoria , Oregon - Ilwaco , Washington

May 18
Boat Basin Auditorium, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, 63466 Boat Basin Drive , Charleston , OR , 97420 .
(541) 888-2581, ext. 200.
Charleston-Coos Bay , Oregon

May 19
Hotel Chateau, P.O. Box 349 , Westport , WA 98595 .
(360) 268-9101
Westport , Washington - Ilwaco , Washington


For more information on the FMP please visit the NMFS Southwest Region website at: http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/ or the Pacific Fisheries Management Council web site at: http://www.pcouncil.org/hms/hmsback.html

** Salmon are not a part of the HMS FMP and will not be discussed at these meetings **

Contacts:
Jim Milbury (562) 9804006 or cell (310) 245-7114
Craig Heberer (760) 4319440, ext. 303

4/28/06 ACTION NOTICE: The Secretary of the Department of Commerce signed into law the PFMC adopted ocean salmon regulations for 2006. The regulations were signed into law at 5:05 PM (Eastern Time) and will be published in the Federal Register on May 4, 2006.

4/10/06 ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) has posted on their website a draft version of the adopted ocean salmon seasons for both the recreational ocean salmon fishery and the commercial ocean troll salmon fishery. These proposed regulations must still receive approval from NOAA Fisheries and the Secretary of Commerce.

4/7/06 ACTION NOTICE: Late Thursday, April 6, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) adopted a final ocean salmon season regulation package. A summary of meeting notes related to the salmon regulation package can be found here: PFMC Summary.

3/10/06 ACTION NOTICE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) voted late this morning to cancel the scheduled commercial troll salmon fishery scheduled to open March 15. This fishery was originally scheduled to run from March 15 through April 30 from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border.

Due to concerns over an extremely low abundance forecast for Klamath River fall chinook, the National Marine Fisheries Service has stated that no fishing can be allowed, and the Pacific Fishery Management Council's action was taken with respect to that guidance.

Note: The Oregon recreational ocean salmon fishery which is also scheduled to open March 15, will continue as scheduled for March and April.

2/3/06 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host their annual "Ocean Salmon Industry Group" meeting from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Thursday, March 2, 2006 at the Hallmark Resort Hotel, 744 SW Elizabeth St., Newport. This meeting will review the 2005 season, provide 2006 forecasts of abundance of salmon stocks, review current issues related to salmon management, and be used to develop a set of ocean salmon regulation proposals for ODFW staff to take forward to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Ocean anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2006 season are encouraged to attend this meeting.

9/13/05 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area recreational ocean salmon season:

ACTION TAKEN: The recreational ocean salmon season from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Tillamook Head, Oregon will REOPEN to retention of chinook salmon effective 0001 hours Saturday, September 17, 2005.

RATIONALE: Catches for chinook in all areas North of Cape Falcon slowed substantially with the poor weather following Labor Day. Recent evaluation of the catches and forecasts through the scheduled ending dates of the seasons indicated that enough chinook remain to meet fishery management objectives including the small set-aside fishery out of LaPush, Washington in October and for chinook retention in the Columbia River zone. Managers will evaluate landings again after the weekend and consider whether any further actions are needed.

9/7/05 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area recreational ocean salmon season:

ACTION TAKEN: The recreational ocean salmon season from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon closes to retention of chinook salmon effective 0001 hours Friday, September 9, 2005.

RATIONALE: The recreational ocean fishery from Leadbetter Pt. to Cape Falcon has a chinook guideline of 8,200, and there is an overall chinook quota for the recreational fishery from the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon of 43,250 chinook. As of Sunday, September 4, 12,607 chinook had been caught in the Columbia River ocean area which exceeded the area guideline by 4,407 chinook. Fishery managers plan to reevaluate the fishery by conference call on Tuesday, September 13 to see if any further actions are required.

8/23/05 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held at 9:00 AM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial and recreational fishery representatives. The call was to discuss the status of the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery. As of August 22 total catch in this fishery was estimated to be 43,700 chinook out of the 2005 overall troll quota of 43,250 chinook. There have been a total of 3,430 coho landed out of the quota of 23,200 fin clipped coho. The following action was taken:

The commercial troll salmon fishery in the area between the US/Canada and Cape Falcon will remained closed to all troll salmon fishing.

Note: There will be a reevaluation of the recreational chinook salmon harvest after Labor Day weekend. If sufficient chinook remain on the recreational quota to allow for a transfer of fish to the commercial fishery, then there may be consideration of reopening the commercial troll salmon season in this area prior to September 15.

8/04/05 ACTION NOTICE: The incidental commercial troll halibut fishery quota has been met and the season will close effective midnight August 7, 2005.

7/25/05 ACTION NOTICE: The National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council, states of Washington and Oregon, and ocean fishers have reviewed the status of the ocean recreational salmon fishery in the area from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon. The following action was taken relative to the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area recreational ocean salmon season:

ACTION TAKEN: The recreational ocean salmon season from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon will open to salmon fishing seven days per week with a bag limit of two salmon per day (all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip) effective July 29, 2005 .

RATIONALE: The recreational season has a quota of 60,900 adipose fin-clipped coho and a chinook guideline of 8,200. Fridays and Saturdays have been closed to help insure that the quota would not be taken too quickly and that the fishery could progress through at least Labor Day. It now appears that Fridays and Saturdays and up to two chinook in the bag limit is not likely to result in a closure of the fishery prior to Labor Day.

6/8/05 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held at 1:00 PM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial fishery representatives. The call was to discuss status of US/Canada border to Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery. As of June 7 total catch in this fishery was estimated to be 27,300 chinook out of a quota of 29,000, leaving approximately 1,700 chinook remaining to be caught. The following action was taken:

The commercial troll salmon fishery in the area between the US/Canada to Cape Falcon will reopen for all species except coho for the period of Sunday, June 26 through Thursday, June 30 with a 30 chinook per vessel per open period landing and possession limit. Vessels have 24 hours after the close of the fishery to land and deliver their catch, and vessels delivering into Oregon must meet specific call-in provisions as adopted for all seasons North of Cape Falcon. All other special catch and landing requirements remain in effect.

5/31/05 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held at 1:00 PM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial fishery representatives. The call was to discuss status of US/Canada border to Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery. As of May 27 total catch in this fishery was estimated to be 24,800 chinook out of a quota of 29,000, leaving approximately 4,200 chinook remaining to be caught. An option allowing another opening was adopted with a reduced possession and landing limit, the following action was taken:

The commercial troll salmon fishery in the area between the US/Canada to Cape Falcon will reopen for all species except coho for the period of Friday June 3 through Monday June 6 with a 60 chinook per vessel per open period landing and possession limit. Vessels have 24 hours after the close of the fishery to land and deliver their catch, and vessels delivering into Oregon must meet specific call-in provisions as adopted for all seasons North of Cape Falcon. All other special catch and landing requirements remain in effect.

On Wednesday, June 8 at 1:00 PM, another conference call will be convened to consider whether enough fish remain on the quota for further open periods.

5/20/05 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held at 1:00 PM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial fishery representatives. The call was to discuss status of US/Canada border to Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery. As of May 17 total catch in this fishery was estimated to be 19,200 chinook out of a quota of 29,000, with 9,000 chinook having been taken in the most recent open period. Weather conditions are expected to continue poor through Sunday, and the total chinook landings within this current opening are anticipated to be very low. A variety of options were considered with the following action taken:

The current adopted troll fishery opening of May 20-23 will be extended an additional three days to Thursday May 26. There will be no change in the vessel landing and possession limit, so boats will be allowed no more than 125 chinook for the entire seven day open period. Vessels have 24 hours after the close of the fishery to land and deliver their catch, and vessels delivering into Oregon must meet specific call-in provisions as adopted for all seasons North of Cape Falcon. All other special catch and landing requirements remain in effect.

On Tuesday, May 31 at 1:00 PM another conference call will be convened to consider whether enough fish remain on the quota for further open periods.

4/15/05 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission approved and adopted the PFMC proposed ocean salmon seasons for waters off Oregon today.

4/8/05 ACTION NOTICE: At the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting on Thursday, the final regulations for 2005 ocean salmon seasons were adopted. These regulations can be accessed at the PFMC website at www.pcouncil.org Summaries of the commercial troll and recreational ocean salmon seasons adopted by PFMC are now available on our regulations page.

3/10/05 ACTION NOTICE: At the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting today in Sacramento, a conference was held to discuss the upcoming March and April commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border. The following actions were taken:

1. Humbug Mt., OR to the Oregon/California border - The period from April 16 through April 30 will be closed to all salmon trolling. Rationale: This adjustment to the open period will match the open period with the Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. opening and eliminate the chance for a large effort shift into the area in the last half of April.

2. Cape Falcon, OR to the Oregon/California border - will close to all salmon trolling for the period of March 26 through March 31. Rationale: By reducing fishing effort in late March, a substantial increase in the number of open fishing days in May and June can now occur.

The PFMC will continue to develop the salmon season options through the rest of this week, with the options going out for public review, hearings, and comments through the rest of March. The PFMC will reconvene the week of April 4-8 to finalize fishing seasons for the remainder of the 2005 salmon fishing year (May 1, 2005 - April 30, 2006).

3/9/05 ACTION NOTICE: At the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting today in Sacramento, a conference was held to discuss the upcoming March and April commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Cape Falcon to the Oregon/California border. The following actions were taken:

1. In the area from Cape Falcon, OR to Humbug Mt., OR, the all species except coho salmon season will open March 15, 2005 and continue through April 15, 2005. Chinook minimum length is 27". All fish caught within this area MUST be landed in Oregon.

2. In the area from Humbug Mt., OR to the Oregon/California border, the all species except coho salmon season will open March 15, 2005 and continue through April 30, 2005. Chinook minimum length is 27". All fish caught in this area MUST be landed into Port Orford, Gold Beach, and Brookings.

The PFMC will continue to develop the salmon season options through the rest of this week, with the options going out for public review, hearings, and comments through the rest of March. The PFMC will reconvene the week of April 4-8 to finalize fishing seasons for the remainder of the 2005 salmon fishing year (May 1, 2005 - April 30, 2006).

2/3/05 ACTION NOTICE: The Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host their annual "Ocean Salmon Industry Group" meeting from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on Thursday, March 3, 2004 at the Hallmark Resort Hotel, 744 SW Elizabeth St., Newport. This meeting will review the 2004 season, provide 2005 forecasts of abundance of salmon stocks, review current issues related to salmon management, and be used to develop a set of ocean salmon regulation proposals for ODFW staff to take forward to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Ocean anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2005 season are encouraged to attend this meeting.

9/7/04 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held today to discuss the commercial troll ocean salmon fishery North of Cape Falcon. The following action was taken: The commercial fishery has met its revised non-selective coho quota of 10,000 and the troll fishery in this area will be closed for the remainder of the year. The text of the action notice is available here: Action Notice 9-7-2004

9/2/04 ACTION NOTICE: The recreational salmon fishery in the area from Tillamook Head to Cape Falcon will reopen to salmon angling for chinook and adipose fin clipped coho effective Saturday, September 4, 2004. The text of the action notice is available here: Action Notice 9-2-2004

8/19/04 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held today to discuss the upcoming September commercial troll salmon fishery in the area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California border. The following actions were taken:

(1) Landing limit was changed from 65 chinook per trip possession and landing limit to a single daily landing and possession limit of 50 chinook per vessel.

(2) The fishery will be open on the following dates or until the quota of 3,000 chinook is attained: Sept. 1-3, Sept. 8-10, and Sept. 15-30.

8/19/04 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held today to discuss the commercial troll ocean salmon fishery North of Cape Falcon. The following actions were taken:

(1) The commercial troll salmon fishery traded 20,000 coho salmon from their quota to the recreational fishery in the Westport catch area for 5,000 chinook. These additional chinook should allow the commercial troll salmon fishery to continue their coho fishery into September.

(2) The remaining commercial coho quota in the area from Cape Falcon to the Queets River will be converted from adipose clipped coho to 10,000 coho with and without fin-clips.

(3) The area from Queets River to Cape Falcon will open for a non-selective coho fishery (no fin-clip requirement) beginning September 1. The additional fishery restrictions are as follows: Open periods of Sept. 1-5, Sept. 8-12, and Sept. 15; no more than 125 chinook per vessel per open period; no more than 500 coho per vessel per open period; fish must be landed and delivered in the area from the Queets River to Cape Falcon, or they may be landed into Garibaldi, OR (note special call-in requirements if fish are landed into Garibaldi or delivered outside of the area in Oregon); all fish must be landed and delivered within 24 hours of any closure in the fishery.

8/10/04 ACTION NOTICE: Effective 00:01, Friday August 13, in the recreational salmon fishery in the area from Cape Alava, Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon; the chinook length limit is lowered to 24 inches from the current 26 inches. Text of the action notice is available at: Action Notice 8-10-2004 This action was taken due continued low total chinook catches in the area, and the expectation that the chinook quota for the area North of Cape Falcon will not be met.

8/3/04 ACTION NOTICE: The commercial troll chinook fishery in the area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California border will close to salmon fishing effective 11:59 PM Wednesday August 4. Vessels must land all catch into Port Orford, Gold Beach, or Brookings within 24 hours of this closure. Text of the actual action notice is listed at: Action Notice 8-3-2004 This action was taken due to effort and catch rates that were expected to result in attainment of the 2,500 chinook quota by Wednesday night.

7/27/04 ACTION NOTICE: The Incidental Halibut Harvest in the commercial troll chinook fishery will close effective 11:59 PM Wednesday July 28 in the area north of the Florence South Jetty to the US/Canada Border, and will close 11:59 PM Thursday July 29 in all areas south of the Florence South Jetty. Vessels are not allowed to have fishing gear in the water once the closure goes into effect until all Pacific halibut have been landed. This action was taken due to assessments of landed halibut that indicated that the entire quota of 44,554 lbs is likely to be landed by the scheduled closure dates. Text of the actual action notice is listed at: Action Notice 7-27-2004

7/19/04 ACTION NOTICE: The commercial troll chinook fishery in the area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California border will close to salmon fishing effective 11:59 PM Monday July 19. Vessels must land all catch into Port Orford, Gold Beach, or Brookings within 24 hours of this closure. Text of the actual action notice is listed at: Action Notice 7-19-2004 This action was taken due to an increase in effort and catch rates that was expected to result in attainment of the 1,600 chinook quota by Monday night.

7/16/04 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held today to discuss the status of the North of Cape Falcon recreational salmon fishery. After thorough discussion, a consensus was reached between Oregon and Washington managers and NOAA Fisheries to make the following modifications to the season structure in the Columbia River ocean catch area ( Cape Falcon , OR to Leadbetter Pt., WA):

Effective Friday, July 23, the recreational ocean salmon fishery from Cape Falcon to Leadbetter Pt. will open to fishing seven days per week (currently open Sunday through Thursday only) and will eliminate the one chinook limitation in the two salmon per day catch limit. Action Notice 7-16-2004

7/14/04 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held today to discuss the status of the North of Cape Falcon commercial troll chinook and selective coho fishery. The recent opening from July 8-12 had somewhat lower than anticipated fishing pressure and catches of chinook were modest over about half of the open area. After thorough discussion, a consensus was reached between Oregon and Washington managers and NOAA Fisheries to make the following modifications to the season structure:

The fishery will open as currently scheduled on Friday, July 16 and continue through Monday July 19 (4 days), however the chinook per open period landing limit will be increased from 100 to 125. Following this open period, the fishery will resume the season structure and open period landing limits as established preseason i.e. five days open (Thursday through Monday until August 9, and Wednesday through Sunday beginning August 11) and 125 chinook per open period until further notice. Action Notice 7-14-2004

7/2/04 ACTION NOTICE: A conference call was held today to discuss the upcoming North of Cape Falcon commercial troll chinook and selective coho fishery scheduled to open July 8. After thorough discussion, a consensus was reached between Oregon and Washington managers and NOAA Fisheries to make the following modifications to the season structure:

The fishery will open Thursday, July 8 and continue through Monday, July 12 (5 days) with a 100 chinook per open period landing limit. The second period would open Friday, July 16 and continue through Monday July 19 (4 days) with a 100 chinook per open period landing limit.

A conference call is scheduled for Wednesday, July 14 at 3:00 PM to evaluate the status of the fishery following the first open period, and consider any need to change open days or landing limits prior to the second open period. Any Oregon trollers wishing to attend this conference call are asked to make prior arrangements by calling Eric Schindler at 541/867-0300 x252 in advance of the scheduled call. Text of the actual action notice is listed at: Action Notice 7-2-2004

6/29/04 UPDATE: Two listening posts will be available for the conference call that is scheduled for the afternoon of July 2 to discuss the upcoming commercial troll salmon fishery north of Cape Falcon. One post will be at the Astoria ODFW office, and the other will be at the Newport ODFW office. Trollers with questions about the conference call are encouraged to contact Eric Schindler at 541/867-0300 x252 for more information.

6/24/04 UPDATE: A conference call is scheduled for the afternoon of July 2 to discuss the upcoming commercial troll salmon fishery north of Cape Falcon. This fishery is scheduled to open on July 8 on a cycle of Thursday through Monday open with a 125 chinook per open period landing limit, and no landing limit per vessel on coho. This call may result in changes to the open periods, the open period landing limits, or other aspects of the fishery. Commercial salmon trollers planning to participate in this fishery should check back here after 4:00 PM on July 2 to confirm whether any action was taken.

6/18/04 ACTION NOTICE: The commercial troll chinook fishery in the area from Humbug Mt. to the Oregon/California border will close to salmon fishing effective 11:59 PM Saturday June 19. Vessels must land all catch into Port Orford, Gold Beach, or Brookings within 24 hours of this closure. Text of the actual action notice is listed at: Action Notice 6-18-2004 This action was taken due to an increase in effort and catch rates that was expected to result in attainment of the 2,600 chinook quota by Saturday night.

5/21/04 ACTION NOTICE: The commercial troll chinook fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon will re-open to salmon fishing effective 00:01 Monday, May 25 through 23:59 Wednesday, May 26 with an open period landing limit of 70 chinook per vessel. Regulations require that boats land and deliver all catch with 24 hours of the closure within the area or into Garibaldi, Oregon. Additional call in provisions apply to troll fishers landing in Oregon if they intend to land into Garibaldi, sell their fish via a limited fish sellers permit, or transport their catch out of the area for sale. All other regulations for this fishery remain in effect as listed at 2004 Troll Regulations The text of the action notice is listed at: Action Notice 5-21-2004 A conference call will take place on Friday, May 21 to evaluate the status of the fishery and consider reopening the fishery on Saturday, May 22.

5/19/04 UPDATE: The recreational regulation booklet for halibut and ocean salmon fisheries has been published and is currently being distributed to license agents. You can also find this online (PDF file) at Ocean Recreational Season Booklet

5/14/04 ACTION NOTICE: The commercial troll chinook fishery in the area from the US/Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon will re-open to salmon fishing effective 00:01 Saturday, May 15 through 23:59 Tuesday, May 18 with an open period landing limit of 125 chinook per vessel. Regulations require that boats land and deliver all catch with 24 hours of the closure within the area or into Garibaldi, Oregon. Additional call in provisions apply to troll fishers landing in Oregon if they intend to land into Garibaldi, sell their fish via a limited fish sellers permit, or transport their catch out of the area for sale. All other regulations for this fishery remain in effect as listed at 2004 Troll Regulations The text of the action notice is listed at: Action Notice 5-14-2004 A conference call will take place on Friday, May 21 to evaluate the status of the fishery and consider reopening the fishery on Saturday, May 22.

5/5/04 ACTION NOTICE: Conference call was held at 3:00 PM today with representatives of NOAA Fisheries, the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, and commercial fishery representatives. The call was to discuss status of US/Canada border to Cape Falcon commercial troll salmon fishery. There is concern that high effort and good catch rates may result in early attainment of the chinook quota of 29,800 fish. Very preliminary catch estimates indicate that landings through May 5 could already exceed 22,000 chinook with an unknown number of fish remaining on board boats at sea. Due to the uncertain estimate of the number of participating boats and their catch, the following action was taken: COMMERCIAL TROLL SALMON FISHERY FROM US/CANADA BORDER TO CAPE FALCON CLOSES EFFECTIVE MIDNIGHT, WEDNESDAY 5/5/2004. BOATS HAVE 24 HOURS TO LAND AND DELIVER THEIR CATCH. FISHERS ARE REMINDED TO REVIEW THE REGULATIONS FOR CALL IN REQUIREMENTS FOR LIMITED FISH SELLERS, BOATS LANDING IN GARIBALDI, AND FISHERS TRUCKING THEIR CATCH TO BUYERS OUTSIDE OF THE AREA. Text of the action notice is listed at: Action Notice 5-5-2004

4/19/04 UPDATE: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission met in Beaverton on April 16. They adopted the proposed regulations from the Pacific Fishery Management Council for ocean salmon fisheries and set state waters (0-3 nautical miles) terminal area fall chinook fisheries with the same seasons as in 2003.

4/14/04 UPDATE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council met in Sacramento from April 5-9. A final package of the proposed ocean salmon fishing regulations was adopted and forwarded to Secretary of Dept. of Commerce for adoption. The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will review the proposed regulations at their next meeting on April 16, and vote on whether or not to adopt the regulation package. A summary of the final proposals will be posted on the website within the next two days.

2/9/04 UPDATE: The Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host their annual "Ocean Salmon Industry Group" meeting from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on March 4, 2004 at the Hallmark Resort Hotel, 744 SW Elizabeth St., Newport. This meeting will review the 2003 season, provide 2004 forecasts of abundance of salmon stocks, review current issues related to salmon management, and be used to develop a set of ocean salmon regulation proposals for ODFW staff to take forward to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Ocean anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2004 season are encouraged to attend this meeting.

8/20/03 UPDATE: 5,000 chinook will be transferred from the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon, Oregon (includes Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon) Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishery to the Commercial Troll Salmon Fishery from the same management area. The adjusted overall chinook quota for the recreational fishery is 54,600 chinook.

8/14/03 ACTION NOTICE: The Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishery from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. will close to retention of coho salmon effective 11:59 PM Tuesday, August 19. Details on the action notice are available at: Action Notice 8-14-2003

7/18/03 ACTION NOTICE: The Recreational Ocean Salmon Fishery from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon, Oregon will open to salmon fishing seven days per week effective Friday, July 25. Previously, fishing was closed on Fridays and Saturdays. All other rules and regulations remain as listed in the regulations. Details on the action notice are available at: Action Notice 7-18-2003

6/5/03 ACTION NOTICE: The Commercial Troll Salmon fishery from the US/Canada border to Cape Falcon, Oregon closes to fishing effective 11:59PM Friday, June 6. Details on the action notice are available at: Action Notice 6-5-2003

3/24/03 UPDATE: The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted a set of ocean salmon fishery options for public review prior to the final decision making process and adoption of season recommendations at their next meeting in Vancouver, Washington on April 7-11. Details on the options are available at: March Salmon Options

1/7/03 UPDATE: The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host their annual "Ocean Salmon Industry Group" meeting from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm on March 5, 2003 in meeting room #9 at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. This meeting will review the 2002 season, provide 2003 forecasts of abundance of salmon stocks, review current issues related to salmon management, and be used to develop a set of ocean salmon regulation proposals for ODFW staff to take forward to the Pacific Fishery Management Council the following week. Ocean anglers, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of ocean salmon fishery regulations for the 2003 season are encouraged to attend this meeting.






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Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
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