2016-2017 Salmon Seasons

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 2016-17 Sport Fishing rules pamphlet, which will be available online in the coming weeks.

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North of Falcon Background

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

2016 Fisheries Plans & Model Runs

2016-17 Co-Managers' List of Agreed Fisheries
2016 Mark Selective Puget Sound Fishery Plans
Columbia River Summer/Fall Fishery Agreement
Final Chinook FRAM output summary 2016
Coho Fishery Impact Summary Highlights


Salmon seasons set for Puget Sound; area waters expected to re-open to fishing soon
Salmon co-managers agree on Puget Sound fisheries, will work to improve season-setting process
WDFW to seek federal permit for Puget Sound fisheries after talks with tribes end
Salmon seasons set for ocean, CR; state, tribes unable to reach agreement on Puget Sound
Meetings set for March 22-24 on salmon fisheries in sections of Columbia and Snake rivers
Low returns of coho may hamper salmon fisheries
Public meeting on salmon forecasts moved to new location

Pre-Season Forecasts

Puget Sound Summer/Fall Chinook
Columbia River Fall Chinook
Chum, Pink and Sockeye

WDFW Commission Policies

2015-2017 North of Falcon
Hatchery and Fishery Reform


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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