Commercial fisheries within the California Klamath Management Zone will be open intermittently from May through August with the Oregon portion open to fishing from June through August, the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced last week.
The recreational chinook fishery from the Oregon-California border to Horse Mountain in Humboldt County will be open from June through Labor Day, according to a Pacific Fishery Management Council news release. The recommended season opener dates and quotas will be forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service for approval on May 1, according to the news release.
For the commercial fishery from the Oregon-California state line to the Humboldt South Jetty, the season will be open five days a week — Friday through Tuesday — and fishermen may retain all salmon except coho, according to the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Commercial fishermen within the California portion of the Klamath Management Zone may go after chinook with a minimum size limit of 26 inches and may land and possess 20 per vessel per day. Monthly quotas for commercial fishermen within the Klamath Management Zone include 3,600 chinook from May 1 through May 29; 4,000 from June 1 through June 30; 4,000 from July 1 through July 31; and 4,000 from Aug. 3 through Aug. 31.
For recreational fishermen within the California Klamath Management Zone, the fishery will be open seven days a week from June 1-Sept. 3. Fishermen can go after all salmon except coho and keep two per day, according to the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Chinook carry a minimum size limit of 20 inches in total length.
These fishing opportunities come after the Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended a full closure for ocean salmon fishing from Horse Mountain to the California-Oregon border. This year, even though the Klamath River fall chinook run is still considered overfished, the Pacific Fishery Management Council thinks it will meet its spawning escapement goal of 40,000 fish, Robin Ehlke, Council’s salmon staff officer, told the Triplicate in March.
Ehlke said the Pacific Fishery Management Council is forecasting an ocean abundance of 300,000 Klamath River fall chinook this year. Last year the forecast was less than 100,000 fish, she told the Triplicate.
For more information on all seasons, visit www.pcouncil.org.