The boats tow lures from fishing lines attached to the boat.
Once a salmon bites, the fisherman lands it by hand, removes the barbless hook, and transfers it to ice for the fresh market where it is preserved in as fresh a state as possible.
This type of fishing, sometimes called trolling, or hook and line, produces the very best quality, and eliminates inadvertent catch of other types of fish (called by-catch).
Oregon fishermen catch Chinook while the maturing salmon are in their prime – living at sea, feeding on squid, krill, small mackerel, sardines, and more. Salmon in this developed stage of life grow stronger while packing in healthy nutrients, making wild-caught Oregon Chinook salmon the tastiest and most nutritious choice.
The fishing practices of the Oregon Wild Salmon fleet are a source of pride. Commercial fishing is a sustainable industry through the careful management at the state and federal levels. We conscientiously plan and act to keep this precious resource renewable and abundant into the future.