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Snake River Chinook season to close below Hells Canyon Dam

May 31, 2016

ENTERPRISE, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced the spring Chinook fishery on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam will close at sundown (8:30 p.m.) Thursday, June 2. The closure is recommended as fishery managers estimate the harvest limit will be reached.

The sudden closure is attributed to high catch rates during the past few weeks, combined with a modest harvest limit for the year.

“During the past two weeks, salmon fishing below Hells Canyon Dam has been excellent”, said Jeff Yanke, District Fish Biologist in Enterprise. “Due to the angling effort from the holiday weekend, we have rapidly approached our harvest limit.”

The closure on the Snake River is concurrent with fishery closures ordered by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at the end of fishing on June 2.

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Jeff Yanke (541) 426-3279
Rick Hargrave (503) 947-6022

 
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