The 2023 Ocean Salmon Season details are still in the works and will be announced shortly. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is working with three proposed alternatives for the seasons, which include Astoria. All three proposals have retention for both Chinook and hatchery Coho wide open on opening day. The ocean salmon season is slated to start on June 24th or 26th, from Leadbetter Point to Cape Falcon. These are the same fish that we target in August and September at Buoy 10 in the Columbia River. 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.
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