Ocean salmon fishing closes Sunday off mouth of the Columbia River | OregonLive.com
Ocean salmon fishing closes Sunday off mouth of the Columbia River | OregonLive.com
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Aug 12 2018    00:24 AM
Ocean salmon fishing closes Sunday off mouth of the Columbia River Updated August 8, 2018 at 3:10 PM ; Posted August 8, 2018 at 3:01 PM Unusually early and large hatchery coho off the mouth of the Columbia River will bring sportfishing there to an end Sunday evening. ( Bill Monroe By Bill Monroe For The Oregonian/OregonLive An unexpectedly early and torrid coho bite off the mouth of the Columbia River this week will cause federal and state biologists in Oregon and Washington to close salmon fishing Sunday evening between Leadbetter Point north of Long Beach and Cape Falcon, near Manzanita. The announcement Wednesday afternoon said a quota of 21,000 coho will likely be exceeded, but commercial catches will be tapped for the overage, in exchange for uncaught chinook salmon. Fishing outside the Columbia River entrance has been excellent for several days and in just the past week accounted for 36 percent of the quota, or 7,639 hatchery fish. The closure includes recreational chinook. Salmon fishing remains open in the ocean out of Westport and along the central Oregon coast south of Cape Falcon. It also is open in the Columbia River, starting at Buoy 10 at the river's entrance. View Comments
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