It's closed from Bonneville down...they'll meet this afternoon to talk about whether to reopen the wednesday-saturday area below I-5. My guess is that they won't be able to...
FYI...fishing has been better anyway in the Willamette (or was until this last crest pushed it around...it's going down, though)
Columbia River Action Notice
Oregon State Action
Joint State Action
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife April 22, 2003
Columbia River Spring Chinook Sport Fishery
The next Joint State Sport hearing to update spring chinook stock status, review ongoing
spring chinook sport fishery, and consider modifications to the ongoing sport fishery will occur via telephone at 3 pm Monday April 28.
... wouldn't it be nice to have a fishery below the dam this year?
Pete, we had a fishery below the dam this year.I figure it is part of the reason of the closure since there is a high %age of nates up there. And everyone was fishing up there early.
Too bad they don't just leave it shut til March 25. That way when we do get a shot the fish are warm and in a biting mood. And they could open the whole river, not just parts on this day but not that day stuff. I know that may be a minority opinion, but it is how I see it.
Lower Columbia River remains open to spring chinook angling for an additional four days
PORTLAND — With fishery impacts to wild salmon and steelhead below the allowed level, Oregon and Washington managers today kept open the lower Columbia River spring chinook sport fishery below the Interstate 5 Bridge.
The main stem Columbia River remains open to angling for adipose fin-clipped salmon, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and shad from the mouth at Buoy 10 upstream to the Interstate 5 Bridge Wednesday through Saturday.
In addition, fishery managers shortened the spring chinook season above Bonneville Dam to the same four days per week, effective 12:01 a.m., Sunday, May 4. The area from the Tower Island power lines (about 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to McNary Dam is open Wednesday through Saturday. The upriver fishery closes after Thursday, May 15. The Oregon bank is open under the same four day per week rules between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.
Fishery managers will meet again Monday, May 5, to reassess the size of the salmon run destined for areas above Bonneville Dam and make adjustments to the fishery. The lower Columbia River fishery could close at that time. The most recent forecast estimated 193,000 ‘upriver’ spring chinook and 109,800 Willamette stock would enter the Columbia this year.
The Columbia River sport and commercial fisheries are managed to limit impacts to wild fish listed as threatened or endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act. Anglers may harvest only those fish that are marked as hatchery-bred with a missing adipose fin. However, some unmarked wild fish suffer a delayed mortality as a result of being handled. The allowable non-tribal impact for 2003 was set at 2 percent of the wild upriver spring chinook run.
Since the lower Columbia River opened to sport harvest of spring chinook, anglers have logged 141,200 angler days fishing for the large, good-tasting fish. Anglers have landed 22,800 fish and retained 14,600 hatchery-bred fish from areas below Bonneville Dam. Above Bonneville Dam, anglers have landed 1,140 fish and kept 640 hatchery-bred fish.
A total of 6,400 hatchery spring chinook have been landed in a main stem commercial fishery that occurred in March and other ‘select’ area fisheries that occur just off the main stem Columbia River near Astoria. The select area commercial fisheries continue into May.