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Mouth of Deschutes to close on mainstem Columbia


August 15, 2018

Action: Certain waters of the Columbia River within Oregon are closed to fishing.

Effective date: Aug. 9 until further notice.

Species affected: All species.

Location: Oregon’s waters adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River south of a straight line projecting from the flashing red USCG light No. 2 upstream to the lower South Channel range marker.

Reason for action: The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission directed the closure of these joint state waters of the mainstem Columbia River. Anglers are permitted to fish within joint state waters with either a Washington or Oregon fishing license, but must follow regulations of the waters being fished. This notice is designed to inform Washington anglers of Oregon’s fishing closure.

Additional information: See the ODFW website for more information on the fishing rule change.

Information contact: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (503) 947-6001.

Fall chinook harvest allowed on Snake

Action: The Snake River will open for harvest of fall chinook: Daily limit six. Release all salmon other than adult hatchery chinook and jack chinook. Salmon minimum length 12 inches.

Washington licensed anglers must cease fishing for salmon and steelhead once their adult daily limit for either steelhead or salmon has been retained.

Effective date: Aug. 18 through Oct. 31.

Species affected: Fall chinook salmon and steelhead

Location: Snake River from the mouth (Burbank to Pasco railroad bridge at river mile 1.25) to the Oregon State line (approximately seven miles upstream of the mouth of the Grande Ronde River).

Reason for action: The 2018 Columbia River forecasted return of upriver bright adult chinook is 200,100. A significant portion of these fish are expected to return to the Snake River. Retention of hatchery fall chinook is not expected to increase impacts to ESA-listed wild fall chinook. Therefore, adult hatchery chinook and jack chinook over 12 inches may be retained in the Snake River.

Additional information: The fishery is open seven days per week. Adipose fin-clipped fish must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin. All adult chinook and steelhead with unclipped adipose fins must be immediately released unharmed. In addition, anglers must use barbless hooks when fishing for salmon or steelhead in the Snake River. Anglers cannot remove any salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily limit. Anglers should be sure to identify their catch because returning unmarked chinook, coho and steelhead are also in the Snake River during this fishery.

Low returns of steelhead have been predicted for the Snake River and tributaries for this return year, their numbers will be monitored as the season progresses. Anglers should continue to check emergency regulations for new and changing seasons. In addition, anglers are reminded to refer to the 2018/2019 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other rules and regulations.

Information contact: Jeremy Trump, District 3 Fish Biologist (509) 382-1005.


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