Del Norte and Humboldt counties will be able to sport fish for ocean salmon all summer, as the fishing seasons released Wednesday last from May 10 to Sept. 7.
Sport anglers will be allowed to fish seven days a week and harvest two salmon per day, except coho, with a 24-inch minimum length for chinook salmon.
The Klamath Control Zone, spanning from six miles south of the mouth of the Klamath River and six miles north of the mouth, will be closed for the month of August.
The sport season is the same for Oregon up to Humbug Mountain except that some marked coho can be harvested.
In Shelter Cove, where the salmon season for Horse Mountain to Point Arena opened last Saturday, reports on the season opener were positive for boats that hit the water early.
Slim commercial season
While sport anglers will have a decent shot at ocean salmon this summer, the commercial season for California’s North Coast is only two weeks long with a quota of 4,000 chinook salmon.
The commercial season from the Oregon-California border to the Humboldt South Jetty will last from Sept. 12 to Sept. 30 or less if the 4,000-chinook quota is reached early.
The commercial season is open five days per week from Friday through Tuesday with a minimum chinook size limit of 27 inches.