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Lower Umatilla River spring chinook season extended
 
June 13, 2011

 

PENDLETON, Ore. – Anglers will now have until the end of June to fish for hatchery spring chinook on the lower Umatilla River. High waters and a wet spring have limited anglers from catching the available harvest allocation.

The lower Umatilla was scheduled to close June 12. With the extension, the season will now be open through June 30. The new temporary regulations are as follows:

Umatilla River: The lower Umatilla River, from the Highway 730 Bridge upstream to Three Mile Dam, is open to angling for and retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon effective at 12:01 a.m. Monday, June 13 through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, June 30, 2011.

Anglers may keep two adipose fin-clipped chinook adults and five adipose fin-clipped jacks per day and ten adults per year.  Jack salmon are less than 24 inches long.  Anglers do not need to record jack catch on their combined angling tags, but it is illegal to continue fishing for jack chinook once the adult bag limit is met. 

The director of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has the authority to adopt temporary regulations in situations where biological data allows expanded recreational opportunities. Temporary rules adopted by the director must be approved by the Commission at the next regular meeting.

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Bill Duke (541) 276-2344  

 
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