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Columbia River summer and fall fishing seasons announced
 
April 27, 2011

 

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Pacific Northwest fishery managers have announced summer and fall salmon fishing seasons on the Columbia River for 2011 following conclusion of the recent North of Falcon meeting process.

The North of Falcon process is a series of public meetings in which fishery managers from several jurisdictions, including Oregon, convene to review data and accept public testimony to plan recreationaand commercial salmon fisheries on the Columbia River and parts of the ocean off the Oregon and Washington coasts. The name refers to Cape Falcon on Oregon’s north coast, the southern end of the planning area.

North of Falcon is part of the broader Pacific Fishery Management Council process, a series of international discussions focused on planning ocean fishing seasons from three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast from California to as far north as Canada and Alaska.

The June 16-July 31 summer chinook season on the Columbia River will be identical to last year with retention limited to adipose fin-clipped hatchery chinook. Unlike 2010, sockeye retention will be allowed concurrent with steelhead fisheries scheduled to open May 16 and June 16 below and above the I-5 Bridge, respectively.

The fall seasons, which begin Aug. 1, include the popular Buoy 10 fishery near Astoria and the fall “upriver bright” chinook salmon season in the mainstem Columbia. Upriver bright chinook have a reputation for being some of the largest and most aggressive big game fish in the Pacific Northwest.

“The summer chinook forecast of 91,000 is exciting and should result in good catch rates for the recreational fishery,” said John North, fisheries manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’’s Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program. “The forecast for most fall chinook stocks is also good but our fisheries remain constrained due to available impacts for lower Columbia natural tule chinook.”

The 2011 Columbia River late spring, summer and fall seasons are summarized as follows:

Spring/Summer Seasons (May 16-July 31)

  • Steelhead

    -Per permanent regulations in all areas.
    -Retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed:

    • May 16 – December 31, 2011 from a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point upstream to the I-5 Bridge.
    • June 16 – December 31, 2011 from Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border.
  • Spring Chinook Jacks (May 16 - June 15 time frame)

    -Per permanent regulations in all areas.
    -Retention of adipose fin-clipped jack chinook (12”-24”) allowed:

    • May 16 – June 15, 2011 from a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point upstream to the I-5 Bridge.
  • Sockeye Salmon

    -Retention of sockeye allowed:

    • May 16 – June 15, 2011 from a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington shore through red buoy #44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point upstream to the I-5 Bridge.
    • June 16 – July 31, 2011 from Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to OR/WA border.
    • All sockeye count toward adult salmonid daily limit, regardless of size.
  • Summer Chinook(June 16-July 31)

    -Retention of adipose fin-clipped adult (>24”) and jack (12”-24”) summer chinook allowed June 16 - July 31, 2011 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the OR/WA border.
    -The combined daily bag limit is two adults and five jacks.

Fall Salmon Season (August 1-December 31)

  • Buoy 10 (Buoy 10 line upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the WA shore through red buoy #44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point).

    -Retention of adult (>16”) adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed August 1 - December 31, 2011.
    -Retention of adult (>24”) chinook only allowed during August 1-28 and October 1-December 31.
    -The combined daily bag limit is two adults, only one of which may be a chinook (when retention is allowed). Jacks may not be retained in the Buoy 10 fishery between August 1 and September 30 under permanent rules.
    -All other permanent rules apply.

  • Lower Columbia (Tongue Point/Rocky Point upstream to Bonneville Dam).

    -Retention of adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed August 1 - December 31, 2011.
    -Retention of chinook allowed:

    • August 1 - September 9 and October 1-December 31, 2011 from the Rocky Point-Tongue Point line upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island.
    • August 1 – December 31, 2011 from a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse on the Oregon shore to red buoy #4 to a marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island, upstream to Bonneville Dam.

    -The combined daily bag limit is two adults and five jack salmon. During August 1-September 9, 2011 the daily bag limit may not include more than one adult chinook. During September 10 – September 30, 2011, the daily bag limit may include two chinook (upstream of Lewis River deadline only). During October 1 – December 31, 2011 the daily bag limit may include up to two chinook.

  • Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border

    -Retention of chinook, coho, and adipose fin-clipped steelhead allowed August 1 – December 31, 2011.
    -&The combined daily bag limit is two adults and five jack salmon.
    -All coho retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be adipose fin-clipped.

Shad

Per permanent regulations in all areas.

    -Retention of shad allowed:

    • May 16 – December 31, 2011 from the Buoy 10 line upstream to Bonneville Dam.
    • All year from Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border

White Sturgeon

  • Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna powerlines (River mile 40) including Youngs Bay and adjacent WA tributaries

    -Retention of white sturgeon allowed seven days per week during January 1-April 30, May 14-June 26, and July 1-4, 2011.
    -38-54 inch fork length in effect during January 1-April 30.
    -41-54 inch fork length in effect during May 14-July 4.

  • Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, excluding the lower Willamette River

    -Retention of white sturgeon allowed three days (Thursday-Saturday) per week during January 1-July 31, 2010 and October 8-December 31, 2011.
    -38-54 inch fork length restriction in effect.
    -Angling for sturgeon prohibited from May 1-August 31, 2011 from Bonneville Dam downstream to a line crossing the Columbia River from Navigation Marker 82 on the OR shore through the upstream exposed end of Skamania Island, continuing in a straight line to the WA shore.
    -During January 1-April 30, 2011, angling for all species prohibited in the area from a line between the upstream end of Sand Island and a marker on the OR shoreline, downstream to a line between the lower end of Sand Island and a marker on the OR shoreline.

  • Lower Willamette River upstream to Willamette Falls, including Multnomah Channel

    -The 2011 white sturgeon retention season closed effective March 17, 2011.
    -Angling for sturgeon prohibited from May 1 through August 31, 2011 from Willamette Falls downstream to the I-205 Bridge; catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon is permitted in the remainder of the river.

  • Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.
   

Contact:

John North (971) 673-6029
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038

 
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