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April 14, 2011 DFW
|CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Last week’s
high flows and poor water conditions continued
to hamper spring chinook fishing success on the
lower Columbia River, prompting fishery managers
to extend the current season four more days.
The spring chinook season was scheduled to close
tomorrow, but Oregon and Washington fishery
managers meeting today decided to keep the
fishery open through Tuesday, April 19 to give
anglers a chance to harvest more of the 3,100
upriver spring chinook remaining on the harvest
quota. The two states also indicated that
further extensions in the lower river would be
unlikely prior to a formal run update sometime
“It’s been a difficult year so far for both
fishers and managers,” said Chris Kern, ODFW
assistant Columbia River fisheries manager.
“Poor water conditions are keeping catch rates
low, while fish passage at Bonneville Dam is
well behind expectations, meaning we need to be
cautious going forward.”
As of April 13, 864 adult spring chinook have
been counted at Bonneville Dam. The fish count
at Bonneville Dam is one of the pieces of
information used by managers to monitor and
estimate the final run size.
The river will remain open through Tuesday,
April 19 from Buoy 10 to Rooster Rock State park
for both bank and boat anglers and from Roster
Rock to Bonneville Dam for bank fishing only.
The daily bag limit continues to be 2 adult
salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only 1
may be an adult chinook.
||Chris Kern (971)
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023
Sunday April 17, 2011 02:30 AM Pacific
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