July 27, 2012
THE DALLES, Ore. – The lower Deschutes River will open for fall chinook salmon fishing on Aug. 1.
The river will be open from the mouth at the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls. The daily bag limit is two adult chinook and five jacks. (Jack chinook salmon are 15-24 inches long.)
According to Rod French, ODFW fish biologist, the Deschutes boasts one of the healthiest wild fall chinook populations in the Columbia Basin.
“It’s an incredible fishery of all wild fish,” he said. “Last year we saw the third largest return on record and we expect another banner year.”
The chinook salmon season will close Oct. 31.
Anglers are reminded that all wild (non adipose fin-clipped) steelhead must be released unharmed and that the use of bait is restricted to the section of the river from Sherars Falls downstream to the upper railroad trestle.