6/04/2010 Shellfish Alert
Oregon Coast closed from
Coos Bay south to Bandon for recreational razor clam
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Tuna Classic Sets Unexpected Records in 2009
The books are
closed on the 2009 season for the Oregon Tuna Classic.
The upside down economy had the organizers wondering
if they’d see a
decrease in participants and sponsors as they worked
diligently through the spring making final preparations
the first event in
Newport on July 18th
2009 Tuna Classic Results
- (in PDF Format)
Coastal bay reopen to clamming.
Razor clam and mussel harvesting along Oregon Coast
remains closed. (Oregon Department of Agriculture report
The Oregon Department of Agriculture has announced the
reopening of recreational and commercial clam harvesting
in all bays along the entire Oregon Coast, from the
mouth of the Columbia River to the California border.
However, all recreational and commercial razor clam
harvesting along coastal beaches remains closed.
Please call the ODA's shellfish safely information
hotline at (800) 448-2474 for more details.
Recreational shellfish harvesting
status as of 9/24/09 (Reported from ODFW)
The entire Oregon Coast
is closed to all mussel and clam harvesting, from the
mouth of the Columbia River to the California border,
due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning
or PSP toxins. This includes all mussels and clams on
the ocean beaches, rocks, estuaries, jetties and bays
along the entire Oregon Coast.
Most of the north and
central coast has already been closed to mussel
harvesting due to elevated levels of PSP toxins. Razor
clam harvesting has been closed by the Oregon Department
of Fish & Wildlife(ODFW) since July 15, 2009 as part of
its annual summer conservation closure. The conservation
closure ends October 1, 2009. However, clamming will
remain prohibited until PSP levels fall within the safe
The consumption of
whole recreationally harvested scallops is not
recommended. However, coastal scallops are not affected
by closure when only the adductor muscle is eaten.
Crab and commercially
farmed oysters are not affected by the current PSP toxin
10th Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon Derby Results:
The 10th Annual Coos Basin Amateur Salmon
Derby which is sponsored by Eel Tenmile STEP, South
Coast Angler’s STEP Association and Oregon Fish and
Wildlife was held on the Coos River this Saturday Sept.
12th and Sunday 13th . All
proceeds go to help the volunteer STEP groups with,
Salmon and Steelhead enhancement, education and Habitat
Restoration in the local area
With participants from as far away as New Jersey and
states of California, Arizona, Idaho, Montana and
Washington and all parts of Oregon the derby was a very
successful derby which helps to support Salmon Trout
Enhancement Programs (STEP) projects at the Millicoma
Interpretive Center , the Morgan Creek Interpretive
Center and Eel Lake Interpretive site. The fish were
plentiful with 256 fishermen in over 86 boats fishing in
the derby. Most boats did not go home empty handed as
there were numerous jacks, salmon under 24” caught.
Size of course matters in winning derby prizes and this
year’s derby saw a smaller weight size made up of mostly
2 and 3 yr old Salmon.
Patricia Johnson of Junction City, Oregon earned a $500
prize for first place with her 23.10 lb Salmon., Second
place earned Scott Carter of Coos Bay,OR. $250, Third
place was David Schall of Lincoln, CA for $150 and 4th
place was received by Mo Rosas of Roseburg, OR.
Pictured above: First Place Winner, Patricia Johnson;
Junior First Place, Tristan Messender
and Junior Second Place, Jayce Morgan
Fifth place earned Chris Jared of the Portland area a
night stay for two at Lakeshore Lodge in Lakeside.
Robert Powers of Eugene took sixth place earning him a
Cabela’s Pro Guide 3600 Tackle Bag. 7th place
was Jeremy Hedgpeth of Coos Bay who won a gift
certificate from Les Schwab’s and a gift certificate
from Bite’s On Tackle shop in Empire was given for 8th
place to Joe Blisseck of Coos Bay. Leroy Crosier took 9th
place and received a Cabela’s deluxe gear bag and George
Cobel of Renton WA came in 10th place earning
him a Gift Certificate from Bite’s On Tackle of Empire
in Coos Bay.
An added addition to the Derby this year was a $100
prize for the largest Coho Salmon which was won by Bill
Lucero with a 15.25lb Coho.
In the junior division 1st place went to
Tristan Messender of Coos Bay, which won him $100.
Second place went to Jayce Morgan of North Bend with a
fishing rod and reel from Hennick’s Hardware of
Lakeside. Colin Maloy of North Bend won a rod from
Turman’s tackle in Reedsport for his 3rd
One lucky or unlucky fisherman depending on how you want
to look at it caught a 30lb Salmon but had not entered
the derby. He would have taken 1st place if
he had only bought a derby ticket.
The derby was supported by major sponsors, Douglas
Timber Operators, Menasha/Campbell Group, Oregon
International Port of Coos Bay, Roseburg Forest
Products, KCBY, Charleston Marina Complex, Hill &
Blaylock, Inc, BNT Promotional Products, Columbia
Distributing / Miller Lite, Knutson’s Towboat and
Millicoma Logging, North Country Lures and Flies and
The 2009 temporary regulations for fall Chinook are now
in affect until Dec. 31.
There is a wild Coho fishery in Coos Bay that opened
Sept. 1 and runs through Nov. 30 or until a quota of
1,000 wild Coho has been caught. The limit on wild Coho
is one non-fin clipped Coho per day and a total of five
non-fin clipped Coho for the season.
See the ODFW 2009 temporary regulations for more
2009 Ocean Sport Salmon Season Information
than 2 single point barbless hooks are allowed to be
used for salmon or if a salmon has been retained on the
boat. No more than one lure or bait allowed when fishing
for salmon. It is unlawful to fish for or take and
retain any legal species while possessing on board any
species not allowed to be taken in that area at that
Falcon to Humbug Mountain: Season #1: Open June 20
through earlier of Aug. 31 or Cape Falcon to OR/CA
Border quota of 110,000 marked Coho. Bag Limit: Three
salmon except closed to retention of Chinook and all
retained Coho must have a healed adipose fin clip Length
limits: Coho – 16” and steelhead – 20”
#2: Open Sept. 1 through earlier of Sept. 30 or 7,000
marked Coho quota Bag Limit: Two salmon except closed to
retention of Chinook and all retained Coho must have a
healed adipose fin clip Length limits: Coho – 16” and
steelhead – 20”
Within the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish
Conservation Area salmon angling is limited to trolling
only on all depth halibut days.
These links will take you to sites offering you the
most up to date fishing information and news:
ODFW Marine Resources Program