The Pacific Ocean off the Northern Oregon Coast provides a variety of salmon options from May 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. Here’s a quick breakdown of the 2021 Oregon Ocean Salmon Seasons.
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. From the end of May through July 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 in August, we will fish either the ocean or the river, whichever one provides the best experience for the day.
The Pacific Ocean Salmon season near Astoria starts off with a short 8 day Chinook only season from June 19th through June 26th where each angler is allowed to keep one Chinook. On June 27th, 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! Ocean fishing is expected to continue through September 15th this year, which gives us lots of days on the water.
Tillamook is full of opportunities for ocean fishing from April through September. Our guided fishing trips can focus on Coho or Chinook Salmon, or we’re happy to get you out for a combination trip where we fish for salmon and bottom fish during the same trip. Combo trips are a favorite. Lots of fun to be had while chasing multiple species of fish, including Ling Cod and sometimes Halibut. When we are able to, we throw in the crab pots to add some Dungeness Crab to the day’s haul. It can be a smorgasbord of seafood!
In Tillamook, the Spring Chinook fishing season opened on March 15th, with the action typically picking up in May and continuing for several months. 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 (1 adult chinook) per day. As the fish move from salt water to fresh water, we’ll follow them through the bays and up into the rivers, giving us almost 6 months of Chinook salmon fishing in Tillamook.
The Selective Coho season opens on June 12th and is expected to run through August 28th. 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 10th 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?
The Northern Oregon coast provides a variety of Ocean Salmon opportunities from May through October. 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.