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Rogue River emergency spring chinook harvest restrictions enacted

   

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Todd Confer (541) 247-7605
Dan VanDyke (541) 826-8774

Date:

May 28, 2009

Harvest allowed on adipose fin-clipped chinook and wild jacks below Gold Ray.

CENTRAL POINT, Ore – Retention of wild adult spring chinook salmon on the Rogue River, set to open June 1 will remain closed to protect wild fish stocks, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists announced today.

Harvest of adipose fin-clipped chinook, which make up the largest part of the run, is allowed. Below Gold Ray Dam, anglers can also continue harvesting wild jacks. 

The Rogue River from the mouth upstream to Hog Creek boat landing is closed to harvesting adult non-adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon June 1 through July 10. Non-adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained. Beginning July 11, non-adipose fin-clipped chinook may be retained with a bag limit of two adult salmon or steelhead per day, 20 per year, of which only 10 may be non-adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon.

The Rogue River from Hog Creek boat landing upstream to Gold Ray Dam is closed to the harvest of adult non-adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon June 1 through July 31. Non-adipose fin-clipped jacks may be retained.

A similar regulation is expected to be implemented between Gold Ray Dam and Dodge Bridge beginning in July pending updated forecasts. This emergency closure is needed to reduce angling impacts on adults and maximize spawning escapement for wild Rogue spring chinook salmon. Similar emergency closures were enacted in the previous three years.

Biologists do not believe counts will meet the conservation criteria adopted in the 2007 Rogue Spring Chinook Conservation Plan which calls for a minimum return of 3,500 wild spring chinook in any given year and a three-year average of 5,000.

As of May 15, the chinook run at Gold Ray Dam is 40 percent of the recent 10-year average at 1,949 fish. The 2009 run is projected to be an improvement over the last several years but is still expected to fall below the escapement needed to meet or exceed the conservation criterion of 5,000 wild spring chinook averaged over three years.

In addition to this temporary rule on wild spring chinook, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider harvest restrictions on coastal fall Chinook due to conservation issues with the populations. The commission meets in Salem on June 5, and proposed regulations would be in effect August 1 to December 31.

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us.

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