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ODF&W: Wild Coho Season Opens September 15th
The wild coho salmon season on most of Oregon’s coastal rivers opens on September 15th and fishery managers are anticipating a big season.
Almost 300,000 wild coho are expected to return to coastal rivers and lakes, and that means anglers will be able to harvest even more fish than last year.
For the fourth year in a row, the ODF&W will open selected rivers and lakes to the harvest of wild coho. Locations that will open Septmber 15th include Nehalem, Tillamook Bay, Nestucca, Siletz, Yaquina, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos, and Coquille rivers. Other locations will open October 1st including Tenmile Lakes and the Alsea Basin.
Coho fisheries in these systems are managed by season quotas and will be closed when the quotas are met, so anglers should check the status of the quotas before fishing. The exception is Tenmile Lakes, which will be managed under a fixed season that ends December 31st.
Wild coho fisheries in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes are allowed without quotas under permanent rules as shown in the 2012 Sport Fishing Regulations.
The daily bag limit for wild coho is one fish on all of these water bodies, but seasonal limits, harvest quotas and angling deadlines vary by location. For a complete description of the 2012 wild coho seasons, as well as in-season updates on quotas, go to www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/coastal_salmon_seasons.asp.