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Chinook season on Imnaha to close after July 23, Wallowa to remain open
 
July 21, 2011

 

ENTERPRISE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced an emergency closure of the spring chinook fishery on the Imnaha River effective at sundown on Saturday, July 23. The Wallowa River will continue to be open until further notice.

The closure comes because the chinook quota is close to being met after high harvest rates last weekend.

“With favorable river levels and the increased bag limit, we observed some of the best fishing in more than thirty years” said Jeff Yanke, ODFW district fish biologist.

Biologists had implemented a four adult bag limit on July 8 because high water levels had reduced fishing opportunities earlier in the season and larger-than-expected returns were forecast for both rivers.

“We typically prefer to give more notice when closing these popular fisheries, and we apologize for any inconvenience,” said Yanke. “Thanks to the cooperation of the Nez Perce Tribe, we were able to identify more fish for harvest and that allowed us to keep the fishery open through Saturday.”

With the Saturday shut down of the Imnaha, Yanke said he expects fishing effort to shift to the nearby Wallowa River, which remains open for spring chinook.

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Contact:

Jeff Yanke (541) 426-3279

 
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