TILLAMOOK, Ore. ‑ The wild coho salmon season in the Tillamook Bay basin will close at the end of the day on Wed., Oct 5. ODFW fish biologists are predicting that’s when anglers will have caught the wild adult coho quota of 600 fish.
The basin will remain open to adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho under permanent regulations and for chinook salmon under temporary regulations adopted earlier this year.
Tillamook Bay, along with several other coastal river basins, opened to the harvest of wild coho Sept. 15. ODFW opened the fishery to provide harvest opportunity on projected large return of wild coho. The fisheries are guided by a Fishery management and Evaluation Plan previously submitted to and approved by NOAA Fisheries.
“The catch of wild coho in the basin has been good, as expected,” said Robert Bradley, fish biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Thanks to the good catch rates the quota for the Tillamook should be met by Wednesday.”
For more information, visit ODFW’s Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us.