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Upper John Day River to Open for Spring Chinook Fishing

May 6, 2016      

John Day, Ore. — Nearly 50 miles of the Upper John Day river will open for spring Chinook salmon fishing on May 10 and close on June 5. 

Anglers can keep two adult Chinook salmon and five jack salmon per day, but have to stop fishing once they’ve caught two adult Chinook salmon. A Columbia River Endorsement and a combined angling tag is required for this fishery which starts at Hwy 207 bridge (located .5 miles downstream of Service Creek, OR) and ends upstream at the mouth of Rattlesnake Creek near the south end of Picture Gorge. 

According to Trevor Watson, district fish biologist, the fishery is a result of work to protect and enhance fish habitats, as well as the removal of fish passage barriers throughout the John Day River basin.

“The high numbers of salmon returning are in large part due to the great cooperation we’ve received from private landowners in helping with the many restoration efforts,” said Watson.

ODFW fish biologist will conduct random creeling efforts throughout the fishery area with periodic check stations at Picture Gorge and Service Creek for angler information.




Contact: Trevor Watson (541) 575-1167 ext. 226             
Fax: (541) 575-0561

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