Clackamas, Ore — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has adopted a temporary rule that will increase the bag limit for coho salmon to three adipose fin-clipped coho salmon per day beginning Oct. 6th on Eagle Creek and the Sandy and Clackamas rivers.
The previous regulation allowed anglers a limit of two adipose fin-clipped coho salmon per day. Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery on the Clackamas River and Sandy Hatchery on the Sandy River are expecting higher than average returns, making this additional sport angling opportunity possible.
“Based on very healthy returns of adult coho in 2004 combined with good ocean survival, we are expecting good returns of both wild and hatchery coho in these river systems,” said Todd Alsbury, District Fish Biologist. “We’re very happy to provide this opportunity for anglers to take advantage of strong returns of coho salmon to area rivers”
The Sandy and Clackamas rivers will remain open through October 31 and Eagle Creek, a tributary to the Clackamas River, will remain open through November 30. Anglers are reminded to consult the 2007 angling regulations for areas open to fishing in these rivers.
Anglers can find the latest fishing regulations and information regarding closures on the ODFW website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/. Or on the ODFW telephone hotline at 1-503-947-6000.