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John Day River Chinook season extended through June 15

May 28, 2014

John Day — The upper John Day River will remain open to spring Chinook fishing through Sunday, June 15 under temporary rules announced today by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The river will be open from the Longview Ranch’s Johnson Creek Division bridge (located approximately 200 feet upstream from the mouth of the North Fork John Day River) upstream 19.5 miles to the mouth of Rattlesnake Creek near the south end of Picture Gorge.

The bag limit will be two adult Chinook salmon and five jack salmon per day; it is unlawful to continue fishing for jacks after taking a daily bag limit of two adult Chinook salmon. A fishing license including a Columbia River Endorsement and a combined angling tag are required for this fishery. There are no developed drift boat launches in this area so fishing is expected to be from the bank only.

“The salmon fishery was scheduled to close June 1 but muddy water from flash-floods persisted during much of the earlier season,” said District fish biologist Jeff Neal. “Extending the season for another two weeks will give anglers another opportunity to take advantage of this fishery.”

ODFW will operate a check station near Picture Gorge for angler information and to collect data. The station will be open during randomly selected days throughout the fishery. All anglers are encouraged to check in after fishing.

For more information contact Jeff Neal or Brent Smith, district fish biologists, at 541-575-1167 x226.

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Contact:

Jeff Neal or Brent Smith (541) 575-1167
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

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