Panel considers allowing more salmon fishing

Southern Oregon sports fishermen could see a longer salmon season this summer.

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The Pacific Fishery Management Council approved options that could give Southern Oregon salmon fishermen a longer season this summer based on improved runs in the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers.

The options include a fishing season that begins before Memorial Day and ends after Labor Day. Salmon runs have come in stronger than expected recently throughout the Pacific Northwest, generating optimism about a recovery for the struggling fishery.

More conservative options call for starting the recreational chinook season June 16 or July 3, but even those contain the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends coveted by coastal communities hit hard by sport and commercial fishing cutbacks in recent years.

Together, this year’s options detail a summer ocean season for recreational anglers that’s longer than any since 2007 and far more expansive than last year’s token chinook season around Labor Day.

Read the full story at the Mail Tribune.

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