ACTION TAKEN: Effective Sunday, September 1, the daily catch limit in the ocean recreational fishery between Leadbetter Pt., Washington and Cape Falcon, Oregon is modified to allow the retention of unclipped coho salmon. The daily limit will become two legal size salmon.
RATIONALE: Currently, almost 20,000 coho remain uncaught from the quota in the Columbia River Ocean Salmon Management Area. The remainder of the quota after Saturday will be converted from mark selective to non mark selective equivalents next week after this week's catch is deducted. The conversion is expected to result in the remaining quota being reduced by approximately 50% in this area in order to keep impact rates on natural stocks consistent with preseason adopted rates.
Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to be fishing in an area with a prohibited fish in possession, so anglers with a legally caught "wild" Chinook or "wild" coho that are unclipped from the ocean are not allowed to come into the Columbia River and continue fishing with those fish on board since the Columbia River is currently under fin clipped only Chinook and coho restriction.