2015-16 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 2015-16 Sport Fishing rules pamphlet, which will be available online in the coming weeks.

2015 North of Falcon Public Meeting Schedule

February 25

Grays Harbor and Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion

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

  • 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)

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Raymond High School Library, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond
  • Public discussion of Willapa Bay salmon forecasts and fishing opportunities.

March 25

South Puget Sound and Hood Canal 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

  • 7 p.m., Chateau Westport - Beach Room, 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 early March meeting.

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion (Postponed)

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Raymond High School, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond
  • 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 6

North of Falcon Meeting – Columbia River & Ocean discussion:

  • 9 a.m.-3 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 7 

Willapa Bay Fisheries Discussion (Postponed)

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Raymond High School, 1016 Commercial St., Raymond
  • 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

Final Fishery Regulation Analysis Models (FRAM)

Chinook & Coho Catch Quotas
Exploitation Rates on Key Puget Sound Chinook Stocks

WDFW Commission Policies

2015-2017 North of Falcon
Hatchery and Fishery Reform

Links

WDFW Commercial Fishing
Selective Fishing Techniques
2015-2016 State/Tribal Agreed-to Fisheries Document
Pacific Fishery Management Council
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
California Dept. of Fish and Game
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