Where can we fish for spring chinook?

Head to the ocean off the North and Central Coast for wild salmon. Or cast a line at one of the many rivers in northwest Oregon stocked with hatchery chinook. Daily limits are enforced.

Keep in mind that in 2017 chinook fishing is prohibited in parts of the South Coast. Due to a low forecast for chinook salmon returning to the Klamath River, ocean chinook fishing is closed for the season from Humbug Mountain (south of Port Orford) to northern California. This ensures healthy chinook numbers for years to come. And the closure doesn’t apply to coastal rivers and streams, such as the Umpqua River.

Consult ODFW for seasons and limits for specific locations. For more information about 2017 Oregon fishing regulations, see here: http://www.eregulations.com/oregon/fishing/

May 9th, 2017

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About Ask Oregon Expert David Johnson

Ask Oregon Fishing Ambassador David Johnson has an Associate's Degree in Fisheries, has been guiding for 19 years in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, and has authored or been featured in over 100 local and national magazines. He has also been a regular guest on NW radio and television programs. A resident of Tillamook County, David also enjoys hunting, clamming, crabbing and other outdoor recreation. Find out more about David's guiding service at www.davidjohnsonfishing.com.

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