It has been another fairly productive week for anglers on the Wild Rivers Coast. Although the steelhead runs on local rivers may start to wane soon, the Rogue, Chetco and Smith rivers were all still fishing fairly well this week.

Ocean anglers in Oregon have also been able to reel in bottomfish this week, with the season still open.

Meanwhile, the Pacific Fisheries Management Council has released its alternatives for the ocean salmon seasons, which will open later this spring.

River fishing

Anglers are still catching lots of steelhead on the Rogue River, and there have even been a few spring salmon reported on the stream already this year.

The Chetco and Smith rivers are also both still producing steelhead. Martin said the Chetco River seems to have gotten a fresh batch of bright fish from the ocean late in the week after fishing started to slow a little on Wednesday.

Anglers are also still catching steelhead in the Smith River. Not to many down running salmon have been caught on the Smith yet this year.

On the ocean

Martin said the bottomfishing has slowed down a little bit this week, with lingcod a little tougher to come by than they were the previous weekend. Martin said anglers were still catching a fair about of rockfish throughout the week, however.

Salmon management

The Pacific Fisheries Management Council officially released three alternatives for the upcoming recreational ocean salmon season.

In Oregon the season will open from Humbug Mountain south to the California-Oregon Border on May 18 in all three alternatives with the season coming to a close on Aug. 28 or Sept. 2 depending on the alternative that is selected.

Sportfishermen will be allowed to keep two ocean salon per day with a minimum size limit of 24 inches for Chinook salmon.

From the California-Oregon Border south to Horse Mountain the season is set to open on May 25 in all three alternatives and will come to a close on either Sept. 2, Sept. 4 or Sept. 8. The minimum size limit for Chinook salmon out of Crescent City is 20 inches.

The full report can be found online at www.pcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/T2_Sport_DCouncil-Adopted_031219_Final.pdf

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