CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fishery managers extended the recreational sturgeon fishery in the lower Columbia River and opened a recreational sockeye salmon season throughout most of the river during a joint state hearing of the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife.
The recreational white sturgeon season from Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia to the Wauna powerlines at River Mile 40 was continued seven days a week from June 27 through July 11. Previously, the season had been scheduled to close June 26. The extension was adopted following creel surveys that showed harvest rates during the regular season were lower than previously forecast.
The two states also opened a recreational sockeye salmon season from the Astoria/Megler bridge of the Columbia upstream to the Oregon/Washington border, effective June 26 through July 31. This season was not expected and is based on dramatic increases in the number of sockeye crossing the fish ladders at Bonneville Dam. Since June 20, sockeye have been crossing the dam at a rate of more than 25,000 fish a day. The surge prompted the multi-agency Technical Advisory Committee on June 21 to double its preseason run forecast from 125,000 to 250,000 sockeye.
Under rules for the new sockeye season anglers will be allowed to keep up to two sockeye per day, regardless of size, and fish can be clipped or unclipped. All sockeye retained must be tagged as adults and count toward the combined daily adult salmon/steelhead bag. Previously adopted summer salmon and steelhead fisheries remain in effect. Under those rules the daily bag limit is two adult salmon/steelhead in combination and five jacks.