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Youngs and Klaskanine rivers close to Chinook harvest through October

October 16, 2015

CLACKAMAS, Ore. –Youngs River and its tributaries will close to retention of non-adipose fin-clipped fall Chinook through Oct. 31 while ODFW biologists wait for enough fish to return to the area’s hatcheries to meet broodstock needs.

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015 through Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015 retention of non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook is prohibited in:

  • The waters of Youngs Bay and Youngs River, in an area from the commercial fishing deadline at Battle Creek Slough upstream to Youngs River Falls; and
  • Klaskanine River upstream from the confluence with Youngs River, North Fork Klaskanine upstream to Klaskanine Hatchery Dam, and South Fork Klaskanine upstream to the first falls (approximately RM 4.7)

Fishing regulations for hatchery coho salmon and steelhead will remain in place as outlined in the 2015 Sport Fishing Regulations.

The area was closed to Chinook harvest from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15 because very few Select Area Bright fall Chinook had returned to the basin, said Chris Kern, ODFW fish division deputy administrator. Returns to the area’s hatcheries continue to be very low and biologists speculate the fish could be holding in the tributaries and not moving into the hatcheries because of low river levels and lack of rainfall.

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Contact:

Chris Kern (503) 947-6209
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

 
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