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Columbia River season extended for hatchery Chinook

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09/14/2016 – John Snyder – NW Fishing News

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational fishermen will have through Sept. 22 to keep hatchery Chinook salmon from Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island deadline under a season extension approved today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

The season extension was adopted based on the latest fish passage and harvest data. It is the second time this month that the Buoy 10 Chinook season has been extended following lower than expected catch rates. This action also extends the ongoing hatchery-only Chinook season from Tongue Point upstream to Warrior Rock. Both sections of the river are scheduled to reopen to any Chinook again Oct. 1 when the adult Chinook daily bag limit increases to two fish under permanent rules.

Only hatchery Chinook may be retained during the Sept. 15 – 22 extension; all wild fish must be released unharmed. The daily adult bag limit is two salmonids a day, of which only one may be a Chinook and only one may be a hatchery steelhead. The effective area is from Buoy 10 at the Columbia River mouth upstream approximately 88 miles to the Warrior Rock lighthouse/Bachelor Island line.

For more details about this and other in-season rule changes, please visit ODFW’s on-line Regulation Update Page and click on Columbia Zone updates.