[ODFW-News] Columbia River reopens to chinook angling Thursday

ODFW News Odfw.News at state.or.us
Tue Oct 18 16:11:36 PDT 2005

For Immediate Release Oct. 18, 2005
Columbia River reopens to chinook angling Thursday
CLACKAMAS - Oregon and Washington fishery managers decided Monday to
reopen the Columbia River to retention of fall chinook salmon effective
Thursday, Oct. 20, because risks to wild stocks will be minimal at this
point of the run. 
Starting Thursday, retention of adult and jack chinook will be allowed
in addition to adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped
steelhead according to rules listed in the 2005 Oregon Sport Fishing
Regulations from Buoy 10 upstream to the U.S. Highway 395 Bridge at
Pasco, Wash. Oregon anglers may harvest two salmon or steelhead per day.

Fishery managers closed the Columbia River to chinook retention from
Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam effective Sept. 18, and from Buoy
10-Tongue Point and upstream of Bonneville Dam effective Oct. 1 because
harvest of upriver bright fall chinook was projected to exceed the sport
allocation of non-Indian impacts to this stock.  Reopening of the sport
fishery was allowed because commercial harvesters will not likely use
the remainder of the maximum allowable impact rate for non-Indian
Fish biologists estimate that 584,800 adult fall chinook have or will
enter the Columbia River this year compared to the preseason estimate of
671,400. Both steelhead and coho are expected to return at rates higher
than the pre-season projections. 

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