This coming Saturday, my family and I will be attending our second year at the Depoe Bay annual fin-clipping event, where roughly 20,000 coho raised from eggs are marked as hatchery stock to supplement the state’s sports fishery. The adipose fin is quickly clipped from the juvenile coho to mark them as hatchery raised and make them easily identifiable for anglers. In the state of Oregon, coho salmon limits are two per person, per day, a minimum of 16 inches, and all must have a healed adipose fin clip.

Being a part of such an important process is a huge honor, and it’s always so much fun and such a great learning experience for my children, learning about the lifecycle of the salmon, clipping the fins and releasing them into the Depoe Bay Reservoir.

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