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Managers re-open parts of Columbia River to salmon fishing
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May 25, 2011

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – In a fishing season plagued by high flows and cold water temperatures, Columbia River fishery managers today announced a fourth continuation of the popular spring chinook fishery.

Below Bonneville Dam, the river from the Beacon Rock line upstream to the fishing deadline at Bonneville Dam will open to boat fishing on Friday, May 27 through Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Previously, this area has been open to bank fishing only.

Above Bonneville Dam, the river between Bonneville Dam and the Oregon/Washington border will be open from Saturday, May 28 through Thursday, June 2, 2011.

According to Chris Kern, assistant manager of ODFW’s Columbia River Fisheries program, managers estimate there are 2,700 upriver spring chinook remaining in the lower river recreational harvest quota.

Due to poor fishing conditions in the lower river, managers don’t expect the entire harvest quota to be met, Kern said. Therefore, they have assigned some of the available fish to the fisheries above Bonneville, where anglers have already exceeded the original quota for those areas. 

Anglers above and below Bonneville will be allowed to retain sockeye, adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon or steelhead in combination, and an additional five fin-clipped jack chinook.  Downstream of Bonneville Dam, the daily bag limit can only include one adult chinook. Sockeye salmon count towards the adult limit regardless of size.



Chris Kern (971) 673-6031
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

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