The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is spreading some  joy along the Oregon coast — salmon joy, that is.

In a double whammy of good news, ODFW has announced that the Oregon coast will be open to wild Chinook Salmon and wild Coho Salmon fishing this fall.

“For the last several years we have seen a decline in our coastal Chinook population, but we have seen a rebound this year,” said Ron Boyce, Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager for ODFW.

The opening of wild Coho fishing is even more noteworthy. The wily silver salmon is listed as threatened on the Endangered Species Act list, and no harvesting of Oregon wild Coho has been allowed for years — since the 1990s.

“Because of high returns over the last year and another very good forecast of wild Coho, we feel this is a success story,” Boyce said.

Anglers can chase the wild Chinook and Coho in dozens of Oregon waterways. For complete information, please refer to ODFW’s helpful list.

First timers will appreciate the size of the fall Chinook, which Boyce said often exceeds 40 pounds. And the Coho, Boyce said, “is a beautiful silvery fish and just a lot of fun.”

The season for wild Chinook Salmon runs from Aug. 1 through Dec. 31, and wild Coho starts Sept. 15 and runs through Nov. 30. For catch limits, visit the ODFW website. The regulations can be complicated, and Boyce urges people to call with questions.

“There are lots of reasons for people to be excited for fall fisheries,” Boyce said.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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