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Limited Wild Coho Season Starts Soon in Four Oregon Coast River Basins

Published 09/07/21 at 5:26 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Limited Wild Coho Season Starts Soon in Four Oregon Coast River Basins

(Oregon Coast) – Wild coho season along the four major Oregon coast river basins is about to begin, with the Tillamook, Nestucca Siletz and Coos rivers opening up September 15 through mid-October.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) made the announcement Tuesday, saying this is the first opportunity in five years for the retention of wild coho along Oregon coast rivers. Retaining the coveted fish has been closed since 2016 because of poor ocean conditions that caused coastal coho populations to drop.

Just north of the entrance to the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, you'll find 58th Street tucked away behind some trees on the west side of the highway (it's accessible by taking 56th St.). At the bottom of 58th, you'll find a hidden beach trail wandering down from this residential neighborhood to a stunning cove area on Yaquina Head's north face.

This beach is full of all sorts of wonders, especially the crazy slabs of basalt set at odd angles which protrude from the sand and make for a mesmerizing journey.

On July 5, Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Troopers investigated a buck deer that was discovered and reported on Weyerhaeuser property located off Clear Creek Rd. near Timber Road in Columbia County. Troopers found a .308 caliber bullet casing on a nearby road.

“When we announced wild coho fisheries in 2015, we asked anglers to be prepared for smaller returns and reduced opportunity in upcoming years, based on observations of poor ocean conditions at that time”, said Chris Kern, ODFW fish division deputy administrator. “Unfortunately, that is exactly what we observed.”

This incident follows the discovery of a spike elk on June 28 of this year, about 50 yards away from where the deer was found. On March 28, a cow elk was discovered in the same area. In all three cases, the carcasses had been left to rot with little if any meat removed.