While this isn’t official until May, experience tells us that this is very likely going to happen. The 2019 Ocean Salmon Season for Astoria has been proposed and it looks like we’re going to have very similar opportunities to the last couple of years. It’s slated to start on June 22nd for both Chinook and Coho Salmon from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon. These are the same fish that we target in August and September in the Columbia River. This year our forecasted Chinook run is similar to last year’s actual returns, with a quota of 7,150 Ocean Chinook. Our Coho run is expected to be abundant and the quota is 79,800 fish, which is more than triple last year’s quota. With that many salmon in the fishery, we’re going to see a lot of action. Proposed limits are: 2 salmon per day, one of which may be a Chinook. Any Coho kept must have a healed adipose fin clip.
Astoria really has two salmon seasons. First to open up is ocean fishing where we target Chinook and Coho Salmon just outside of the mouth of the Columbia River and north to south within about 10 miles. The early season gives us a crack at the June Hogs that are entering the Columbia River, as well as some Coho. As the summer goes on, the Coho get bigger and Chinook Salmon continue to arrive at the doorstep of the Columbia. By the time Buoy 10 opens up, things are going nutso and at that point we’re able to target those same salmon in the estuary itself as they begin their run up the Columbia.