Fishery managers, in a presentation given to the salmon industry in Oregon on February 27, estimate there are only 169,800 Sacramento Basin fall run salmon in the ocean now. This is likely too few to allow much, if any, fishing in 2023. The same information will be delivered to the California salmon industry on March 1.
Normally fishery managers allow fishing that will still deliver a minimum of 122,000 salmon to spawn in the Sacramento Basin. In recent years they’ve increased that target number. In 2022, fishery managers limited fishing in order to see more than 180,000 fall run salmon return to spawn but less than 62,000 showed up.