Wild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays, including the Nehalem, Tillamook, Nestucca, will open beginning Sunday, marking the fifth year in a row coastal rivers will open to the harvest of wild fish.
This year, 13 river systems on Oregons coast will be open for wild coho harvest, and for the first time in recent years many will open without quotas and in-season management.
For the North Coast, the fisheries are sightly more conservative than last year, with a reduced seasonal bag limit on the Nehalem.
Fishery managers are predicting there will be 191,000 adult wild coho in the ocean this summer, most of which will return to Oregons coastal rivers and streams. This year the following river systems will be open for the harvest of wild coho: Nehalem, Tillamook, Nestucca, Siletz, Yaquina, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos and Coquille rivers, Tenmile lakes and Beaver and Floras creeks. Most seasons begin on Sunday and continue through November, but there are exceptions.
The biggest change from last years seasons will be in the mid-coast and mid-south coast where several rivers will have fixed wild coho seasons instead of harvest quotas.River-specific seasons, quotas, bag limits and closed areas can be found at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/docs/2013_coho_fisheries.pdf