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Oregon’s Chinook Salmon 2008 Fisheries

   

Date:

March 14 , 2008

Contact:

Richard Hargrave (503) 947-6020 or
Chris Kern (971) 673-6000
Fax: (503) 947-6009

The ocean salmon fishing closure off the California and Oregon coasts that was announced this week does not affect Oregon’s spring 2008 Columbia River and inland fisheries. These fisheries will continue as scheduled providing great angling opportunities:

  • On the Columbia River, fishing opens on Sunday, March 16 in what promises to be a great season―the spring chinook salmon run is projected to be 269,300, the third-highest since 1977.

  • On the Willamette River, spring chinook salmon fishing is open now. The projected run of 34,000 is below average and slightly below last year’s.

Why is a chinook a spring chinook or “springer”?

There are basically three chinook salmon runs in Oregon’s rivers: spring, summer and fall. They are named for the time of year when fish return to their native freshwater rivers from the ocean to spawn.

Chinook Salmon Runs

Dates fish return to rivers from the ocean

Fishing seasons (approx.)

Spring chinook

February through June

Mostly March-May but management period runs through June 15

Summer chinook

June through July

Limited to June 16-July 31 timeframe

Fall chinook

August through December

August 1 into October

Who makes the decisions about fishery management?

On the west coast, the Pacific Fishery Management Council makes recommendations to NOAA regarding fishing in federal waters. State fish and wildlife agencies regulate state and inland waters.

Additional Resources

ODFW Columbia River Regulations, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/columbia.asp

NOAA Fisheries, http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/

Pacific Fishery Management Council, http://www.pcouncil.org/

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