Oregon adopts game bird, halibut, ocean salmon regulations

SALEM, Ore. — The Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted regulations for several upcoming fishing and hunting seasons today during an online meeting.

A taped version of the meeting is available on ODFW’s YouTube channel.

Pacific halibut regulations:
This year sport halibut fishing will begin as early as May 1 in some Oregon subareas. See dates and quotas for each subarea at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/MRP/finfish/halibut/seasonmaps/2021_hbt_map.pdf.

2021 ocean salmon fishing regulations:

Ocean waters off the Columbia River from Leadbetter Pt., Washington to Cape Falcon: Open for recreational salmon fishing for all salmon except coho from June 19-26 with a one fish daily bag limit and a 22″ minimum length.

North of Cape Falcon: Open for all salmon beginning June 27 and continue through the earlier of Sept. 15 or quota with a hatchery mark selective coho quota of 42,400. There is also a Chinook guideline in this area of 7,200. The daily bag limit will be two salmon, but no more than one Chinook and all coho must have a healed adipose fin clip. Minimum length for Chinook is 22″ and the coho minimum length is 16″.

Chinook salmon on Central Oregon Coast from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt.: Opened on March 15 and will continue through Oct. 31.

Chinook salmon from Humbug Mt. to the OR/CA Border: Open for recreational Chinook beginning on June 19 and continues through Aug. 15. The Chinook minimum length in all seasons from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border is 24″.

Hatchery mark selective coho salmon season from Cape Falcon to the OR/CA Border: Open from June 12 through the earlier of Aug. 28 or the quota of 120,000 adipose fin-clipped coho. There will also be a much more limited non-selective coho season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. in September. The September non-selective season will open on Sept. 10, and be open each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday through the earlier of Sept. 30 or the quota of 14,000 non-mark selective coho. The open days in September may be adjusted in season. Coho minimum length of 16″.

All recreational anglers are limited to no more than 2 single point barbless hook per line when fishing for salmon, and for any species if a salmon is on board the vessel.

Adopted 2021-22 Game Bird Regulations (major changes from last year listed below):
For wild turkey, there will be additional fall hunting opportunity with starting on Sept. 1 in those units that overlap Grant County (Murderers Creek, Northside, Desolation, Ritter portion of Heppner) due to an increase in nuisance and damage complaints. With the removal of fall turkey season tag caps in 2020, Sports Pac holders can select either a Statewide Spring, Eastern Oregon Fall, or Western Oregon Fall turkey tag beginning in 2022.

Mourning dove season will be split into two geographic zones and two periods in one of the new zones (hunting in Western Oregon and Columbia Basin would be Sept. 1-30 and Nov. 15-Dec. 14). This approach should provide more hunting opportunity as concentrations of wintering mourning doves can be found in some areas of western Oregon. Duck hunting seasons will be the same as last year under the proposal, except for calendar day shifts. For goose seasons, the bag limit for white geese will increase to to 20 daily, statewide, during the entire season, and there will be a late-winter white and white-fronted goose seasons in all eastern Oregon counties. Additionally, eastern Oregon goose zone boundaries will align with current duck zone boundaries.

The Commission was also briefed on the 2020 Annual Wolf Report, pygmy rabbits (an Oregon Conservation Strategy Species) and implementation of Executive Order 20-04 – “Directing State Agencies to Take Actions to Reduce and Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions” and “Climate Adaptive Inland Angling Policy Framework”.