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States re-open salmon season above Bonneville
May 4, 2011


CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Columbia River anglers between Bonneville Dam and the Oregon/Washington border will have at least an additional four days to catch spring chinook under a re-opened season adopted by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

Under the extension, the spring season will re-open from Saturday, May 7 through Tuesday, May 10 above Bonneville dam.

The extension was approved based on harvest estimates that projected a harvest of about 450 spring chinook through May 1, compared to a harvest guideline of 1,000 fish available prior to a run size update.

“We’ve had good dam counts recently that give us some comfort that the run is on the way as forecast,” said Chris Kern, assistant fisheries manager of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Columbia River Program.  “If counts continue to remain strong, a formal run update is likely to occur sometime next week.”

The daily bag limit in this area is two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, and up to five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.

Angling for salmon and steelhead from a boat between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines, approximately six miles down stream from The Dalles Dam, is prohibited. However, bank angling is allowed in this area.



Chris Kern (971) 673-6031
Rick Swart (971) 673-6038
Fax: (971) 673-6070

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