State, federal and tribal fishery managers are currently planning the Northwest's recreational and commercial salmon fisheries. As part of the salmon-season setting process, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has scheduled several public meetings. 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.

The North of Falcon planning process coincides with the March and April meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PMFC), where ocean commercial and sport salmon seasons are set.

Public comment on 2015-16 salmon seasons
Public can comment on the rules or submit other comments for each item below.

Puget Sound Freshwater Salmon Seasons
Puget Sound Marine Area Salmon Seasons

Coastal Freshwater (including Marine Areas
2.1– Willapa Bay and 2.2 – Grays Harbor)

Provide proposed changes to current salmon fishing rules listed in the Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

Ocean Areas (Marine Areas 1-4)

Options for recreational ocean salmon fisheries will be available for review and comment after they are developed at the Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting scheduled for March 7-12 in Vancouver, Wash.

Columbia River and tributaries

Provide proposed changes to current upper and lower Columbia River salmon fishing rules listed in the Sport Fishing Rules Pamphlet.

2015 North of Falcon Public Meeting Schedule

February 25

Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main Street, Montesano
  • WDFW presents salmon forecasts for Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2015 are discussed.

March 2

2015 Salmon Forecasts and Fishing Opportunities

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
  • WDFW presents Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River salmon abundance forecasts. Fishery management objectives and preliminary fishing opportunities for 2015 are discussed.

March 5

Grays Harbor Advisory Group Meeting

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Montesano High School Commons, 303 N. Church, Montesano
  • Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 7-12

Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA
  • The PFMC adopts a range of ocean fishery options, including catch quotas for sport and commercial fisheries.

March 11

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main Street, Montesano
  • Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 16

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 10 a.m., Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 17

Grays Harbor Advisory Group Meeting (Tentative)

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Montesano Public Library, 125 Main St. S, Montesano
  • Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 18

First North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Office Building 2 Auditorium, 1115 Washington Street SE, Olympia. Parking is available in the visitor lot of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE. [ See Map ]
  • Discussion of management objectives and preliminary fishery proposals for Puget Sound, coastal Washington and Columbia River area sport and commercial fisheries.

March 19

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

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

March 23

Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., WDFW Mill Creek Office, 15018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

March 24

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Walla Walla Community College's Main Lecture Hall, 1470 Bridge Street, Clarkston
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

Willapa Bay Advisory Group Meeting (Postponed)

  • Public discussion of Willapa Bay salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 25

South Puget Sound Recreational Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Room 172 of the Natural Resources Building, 1111 Washington St. SE, Olympia
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

Columbia River Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Benton PUD, 2721 W. 10th Ave. Kennewick
  • Public discussion of management objectives and preliminary options for Columbia River fall commercial and sport fisheries.

March 26

Puget Sound Commercial Fisheries Discussion

  • 10 a.m.-noon, WDFW Mill Creek Office, 15018 Mill Creek Blvd., Mill Creek
  • Public discussion of pre-season forecasts and possible salmon fisheries.

Grays Harbor Fisheries Discussion

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Montesano City Hall, 112 N Main Street, Montesano
  • Public discussion of Grays Harbor salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 30 

Public Hearing on Ocean Salmon Management Options

  • 6 p.m., Location to be determined, 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 early March meeting.

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion (Postponed)

  • Public discussion of Willapa Bay salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

April 1

North of Falcon Meeting

  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Embassy Suites Hotel, 20610 44th Avenue 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 7 

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion (Postponed)

  • Public discussion of Willapa Bay salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

April 11-16

Final Pacific Fishery Management Council Meeting

  • Double Tree Hilton Sonoma, One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA
  • 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 Chinook
Columbia River Fall Chinook
Coho
Chum, Pink and Sockeye

WDFW Commission Policies

2015-2017 North of Falcon
Hatchery and Fishery 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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