Each year state, federal and tribal fishery managers gather to plan the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. This series of meetings – involving representatives from federal, state and tribal governments and recreational and commercial fishing industries – is known as the North of Falcon process.

This year's North of Falcon salmon season-setting process has concluded.

For details on recreational salmon fisheries in Washington, check the new 2014-15 Sport Fishing rules pamphlet (available before May 2014).



2014 North of Falcon
Public Meeting Schedule

March 3

2014 Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities:

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. Olympia.
  • WDFW presents Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River salmon abundance forecasts. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2014 are discussed.

March 8-13

Pacific Fishery Management Council:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sacramento, 2001 Point West Way
    Sacramento, CA.
  • The PFMC adopts a range of ocean fishery options, including catch quotas for sport and commercial fisheries.

March 14

Grays Harbor Salmon Advisory Group Meeting:

March 17

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion:

  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, 4600 SE Columbia Way, Vancouver, Wash.
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 19

First North of Falcon Meeting:

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. Olympia.
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion:

March 20

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Trinity Methodist Church, 100 South Blake Ave., Sequim
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 21

Willapa Bay Salmon Advisory Group Meeting:

March 22

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., WDFW Mill Creek Office, 16018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek.
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 24

Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options:

  • 7 p.m., Chateau Westport, 710 W. Hancock, Westport.
  • Public hearing, sponsored by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management options adopted by the council during its March meeting.

March 25

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion:

March 26

Pre-season Columbia Basin salmon forecasts and fishery outlook:

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Walla Walla Community College main lecture hall, 1470 Bridge St., Clarkston.
  • Public discussion of potential recreational and commercial salmon fisheries statewide.

South Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E. Olympia.
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries in Hood Canal and south Puget Sound marine areas and rivers.

March 27

Pre-season Columbia Basin salmon forecasts and fishery outlook:

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave. Kennewick.
  • Public discussion of potential recreational and commercial salmon fisheries statewide.

April 1

North of Falcon Meeting:

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Ave. West, Lynnwood.
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of preliminary fishery proposals. With public participation, preferred options are developed for Puget Sound sport and commercial fisheries.

April 3

North of Falcon Meeting – Columbia River & Ocean discussion:

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. S.E., Olympia.
  • Public meeting to present results of state-tribal negotiations and analyses of Ocean and Columbia River fisheries proposals. With public participation, preferred seasons are developed for Ocean and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

April 4

Final Grays Harbor/Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion:

April 5-10

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council:

  • Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA.
  • PFMC adopts final ocean fisheries regulations and state-tribal fishing plans are finalized for all inside area commercial and sport salmon fisheries.

 

 
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North of Falcon Background

Public Meeting Schedule
North of Falcon FAQ
How salmon fishing seasons are set
How tribes and state co-manage salmon and steelhead

Pre-Season Forecasts

Puget Sound & Coastal Summer/Fall Chinook
Columbia River Fall Chinook
Coho
Chum and Sockeye

2014 Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor

Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor
Willapa Bay Grays Harbor Meeting Materials

Terminal Area Management Modules

2014 Modeled Exploitation Rates on Key Natural Chinook Stocks
2014 Modeled Exploitation Rates on Key Natural Coho Stocks

WDFW Commission Policies

2013-2014 North of Falcon
Hatchery and Fish Reform

Links

WDFW Commercial Fishing
Selective Fishing Techniques
Pacific Fishery Management Council
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
California Dept. of Fish and Game
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