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Spring Chinook fishery re-opens on lower Grande Ronde River

July 3, 2014

ENTERPRISE, Ore. – The lower Grande Ronde River will re-open for an additional three days of spring Chinook salmon fishing beginning Saturday, July 5.

The details of the fishery are:

  • Open from Saturday, July 5 until Monday, July 7 from the Oregon/Washington border to a deadline 100 yards upstream of the Wildcat/Powwatka Bridge on Grande Ronde River Rd.
  • The area at the mouth of the Wenaha River at Troy, OR will be closed to protect wild stocks.
  • Daily bag limit will be two adult fin-clipped Chinook and five fin-clipped jacks.
  • A Columbia River Basin Endorsement is required.

The lower Grande Ronde opened briefly last weekend for spring Chinook fishing. It was the first time anglers had that opportunity in 40 years. Fishery managers in Oregon and Washington are testing the feasibility of the fishery to increase recreational harvest of hatchery spring Chinook destined for the Lostine River in Oregon.

“Our turnout for the opening weekend was lower than we had hoped for,” said Jeff Yanke, ODFW District Fish Biologist in Enterprise. Rains and high water flows also made fishing difficult, Yanke added.

Managers are re-opening the fishery to offer additional opportunity and gather more data on angler participation and success. “During the upcoming holiday weekend, we hope to see more anglers take advantage of this unique fishery under hopefully much better conditions,” Yanke said.

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Contact:
Jeff Yanke (541) 426-3279
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

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