SALEM — As a precautionary measure, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife will not propose any coastal freshwater fisheries on wild coho this fall due to concerns over poor ocean survival and adequate spawning escapement to coastal rivers this year.
The Fish and Wildlife Commission was scheduled to consider a limited fishery in the Coos, Coquille and Umpqua rivers and Tenmile Lake at its meeting in Salem this Friday, but ODFW has decided to not move forward with the proposal.
“ODFW had already decided earlier this year to not propose coastal freshwater fisheries on wild coho on the north and central coast,” said ODFW Ocean Salmon Technical Resources Manager Christine Mallette. “Today’s decision to also not propose any coastal freshwater fisheries in the SW Zone is responsive to concerns that the wild coho run may be lower than anticipated.”
Wild coho seasons in Siltcoos and Tahkenitch lakes as well as federally authorized ocean fisheries are not impacted by this decision.