River fishing season might grow

March 07, 2007 11:00 pm

By Cornelia de Bruin

Triplicate staff writer

fishing would be open most of the summer in Del Norte County under one plan the Pacific Fishery Management Council is considering.

Harbormaster Richard Young unveiled the council's three plans while meeting Tuesday with the Crescent City Harbor Commission.

"These proposals all result in better than 15 percent in-river sport, perhaps 25 percent," Young told the commission.

Three options are being considered for in-river waterways from the Oregon border to Horse Mountain in Humboldt County:

•Option 1 – From May 19 to Sept. 9 fishermen could catch two salmon, except coho, in the Klamath Management Zone. Fish would be a minimum size of 24 inches. The Zone would be closed in August.

•Option 2 – From May 26 to Sept. 5, no more than six fish in seven consecutive days.

•Option 3 – From May 26 to July 4 and from July 15 to Sept 5.

For all of the options, the following rules would be in effect in other zones:

•Horse Mountain to Point Arena – Feb. 17-Nov. 11, all salmon except coho, minimum size 20 inches, two fish per day.

•Point Arena to Pigeon Point – April 7-Nov. 11, all salmon except coho, minimum size 20, two fish per day.

•Pigeon Point to Mexico border – April 7-Oct. 7, all salmon except coho, minimum size 20, two fish per day.

"The salmon situation continues to look good," Young said.

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