A taste of Coho season worse than none at all for area commercial fishermen

A taste of Coho season worse than none at all for area commercial fishermen
CHARLESTON, ORE - While some area commercial salmon fishermen got a small Coho season this month, they are calling it a flop due to minuscule numbers coming in.

Commercial Coho season opened on Sept. 1, but when we paid a visit to Charleston on Sept. 10, there wasn't a salmon to be seen. That has been the norm, according to fisherman Jeff Reaves.

"Up front it sounded like a great deal to have an opportunity to go catch some Coho, but, to date, as of last week, 1,000 fish unofficially were caught in the Newport area - unofficially, in Coos Bay, only 27 fish."

Reaves said 27 fish, times $2 a pound, is nothing. "Unfortunately people stuck their necks out, getting their equipment in order and trying to participate in that fishery and it was a complete bust."

The fishery actually goes until the end of September, but Reaves said he doesn't anticipate it will get any better as the month goes on. He said right now fishermen are focusing on Tuna and on a Black Cod opener that is coming up.