2020 Northern Oregon Ocean Salmon

Salmon limits for everyone while fishing in Tillamook

The Pacific Ocean off the Northern Oregon Coast provides a variety of salmon options from now through October. Whether you prefer Chinook, Coho, or are just looking for a fun day on the ocean, there are options to choose from. We’ll be offering guided fishing trips for both spring and fall ocean salmon out of Astoria and Tillamook during the next 5 months. Here’s a quick breakdown of the 2020 Oregon Ocean Salmon Seasons.

Tillamook Ocean Chinook Salmon

It’s Spring fishing time in Tillamook and we’re excited that the area is opening up. We offer guided fishing trips for Spring Chinook and/or Bottom Fish out of Tillamook. The Spring Chinook season is just getting started and we expect to have some good fishing opportunities in the next few months. Combination trips where we fish for Chinook and Bottom Fish during the same trip are a favorite. Lots of fun to be had while chasing multiple species of fish, including Lingcod and sometimes Halibut. When the spring season winds down, we’ll head straight into Fall Chinook fishing in the Tillamook area and plan to continue fishing through the end of October. To be retained, all adult Chinook must be at least 24” in length and  the bag limit of 2 salmon per day. 

Tillamook Ocean Coho Salmon

The Selective Coho season opens on June 27th and runs through August 16th, unless the quota is met earlier. Selective Coho are fin-clipped hatchery coho and these feisty fish can provide some nice action in the Tillamook area. When fall arrives, the Non-Selective Coho season allows us to retain native salmon as well. It’s slated to open on September 4th this year, with retention allowed on Fridays and Saturdays through the month of September. There is a 2 bag limit of 2 adult salmon for these fisheries, with a minimum length of 16”. 

If you know our guiding philosophy, we follow the fish, wherever they may be. That means as they move into the bays and rivers in Tillamook, we do as well. This allows us to offer a season beyond the ocean season, and also allows us to fish on days when the ocean may be a little too rough to be enjoyable. We want you to have the best experience possible when you’re out with us. When it’s possible, we’re always happy to throw the crab pots out in addition to fishing. Who doesn’t like a fisherman’s feast?

Kids love catching coho salmon on the Oregon Coast

Astoria Salmon

The Pacific Ocean Salmon season near Astoria starts off with a short 8 day Chinook only season from June 20th through June 28th where each angler is allowed to keep one Chinook. On June 29th, the All Salmon Ocean season opens and we can chase both Chinook and Coho in the Astoria area. The daily bag limit is 2 adult salmon, only one of which can be a Chinook. Chinook must be at least 22” while Coho must have healed adipose fins (be hatchery salmon) and be at least 16” in length, although let’s all hope we’re not keeping 16” Coho! 

The timing of the Ocean Salmon season coincides with some of the best known fisheries that take place at the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria. Through mid-August we’ll be offering combination trips, fishing for both Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Trophy Sturgeon during trips when conditions allow. When we switch to the Buoy 10 Columbia River Fall Salmon season on August 14th, we will fish either the ocean or the river, whichever one provides the best experience for the day. Ocean fishing is expected to continue through September 30th this year, which gives us lots of days on the water.

Chinook Salmon caught on the Pacific Ocean.

The Northern Oregon coast provides a variety of Ocean Salmon opportunities from now through September. Whether you’re in Tillamook or Astoria, there are great places to eat, and lots of sights to see once you’re done fishing. We’re more than willing to discuss options with you to help come up with the perfect trip for you.

Please contact us with any questions or to book your trip. We’re always happy to help.