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So why do people seek female salmon and take them (I know they die after laying their eggs) now do they only have a season lifespan or something? It confuses me as to harvest them and their eggs. Guess I will need to get some books and stuff.
 
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So why do people seek female salmon and take them (I know they die after laying their eggs) now do they only have a season lifespan or something? It confuses me as to harvest them and their eggs. Guess I will need to get some books and stuff.

Yep, Pacific salmon spawn and die after one trip. Steelhead can make multiple trips however.

Since we can only harvest hatchery raised fish, we aren't impacting the wild run. The eggs make the best bait.
 
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Ah ok going back through regulations and looking up info on the net. :) so you can't use raplas or inline spinners for salmon? it says single hook barbles?
 
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Ah ok going back through regulations and looking up info on the net. :) so you can't use raplas or inline spinners for salmon? it says single hook barbles?

Depends where you fish, and when. I know when I fished for coho in the ocean off of Newport a few years back, it was single, barbless hooks only, but we got our limits in about 10 minutes.

However in the river I normally fish you can use up to 2 treble hooks.

Salmon fishing is highly regulated here, and you need to know the rules for each river each time you head out. For instance they extended the coho season this year, but they could have just as easily cut it short, and you have to keep track of that sort of thing.
 
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Like I think it said till october 31st, But I doubt there will be coho in yamhill river lol which I will be the closest to.
 
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Like I think it said till october 31st, But I doubt there will be coho in yamhill river lol which I will be the closest to.
i caught one on the willamette where the yamhill connects , this past sunday, they are there, the week before i saw 9 people hook coho's, this week i saw 3 boats one being mine... so try it if you have the option of a boat...
 
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Like I think it said till october 31st, But I doubt there will be coho in yamhill river lol which I will be the closest to.

It was extended to December 31st, but they won't be any good that late.

Once you are here I bet you will be hitting the coastal streams. I know I would be if I lived there. I grew up around there, and have never really regarded the Yamhill as much of a salmon river. They do exist since I have caught smolt (baby salmon) in the Yamhill tribs in my youth (Deer Creek, Mill Creek, and Willamina Creek), but there are much better places within a reasonable distance.

Back in the day the Yamhill was mistreated by the lumber companies along its shores. There was a lumber mill between Sheridan and Willamina that would dump its pond into the river every year because the fine was less than doing it right. Most of the mills are now gone, so the river is probably healing though.
 
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i caught one on the willamette where the yamhill connects , this past sunday, they are there, the week before i saw 9 people hook coho's, this week i saw 3 boats one being mine... so try it if you have the option of a boat...

Oh wow, ya dont have a boat sadly :( but hopefully soon lol once I get a job get out of debt finish my college degree lol. I'll have to do some major research before I even set out to catch a salmon like line pole reel basic gear then lures and what not.

Oh yeah and someone to teach me how to clean them would be great to learn also, they are completely different than how I clean my warm water fish.
 
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my personal opinion is salmon fishing is learned best my experience, and experience means trial and error and just go out and do it and ask other fisherman questions., i have caught quite a few salmon and lost a lot more as well, i learn something new every year, and then there are years you catch the skunk, and there are so many ways to catch salmon on so many different rivers, my opinion is each one is so different compared to what the salmon like, maybe it is just me...
 

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