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I just checked the WDFW phone hotline. The Columbia River will remain open Wed. thru Sat. from the I-5 bridge to Buoy 10. The WDFW and ODFW will have another meeting Tue. April 22, 10AM to re-evaluate. Columbia River I-5 to Bonneville remains closed.

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Here is the text from WDFW:


April 15, 2003
Contact: Tim Flint, (360) 902-2728


Lower Columbia River spring chinook
fishery to remain open for now

The spring chinook sport fishery in the lower Columbia River, from the I-5 Bridge downstream to Buoy 10, will remain open Wednesdays through Saturdays for now, but state fishery managers will meet again Tuesday (April 22) reconsider whether the fishery will be further modified.

That was the decision in a meeting today between Washington and Oregon fisheries managers to review the status of spring chinook returns in the Columbia River and consider potential modifications to fisheries.

Catches of upriver spring chinook have been higher than anticipated and are being closely monitored as the sport fishery continues. The upriver fish, destined for areas above Bonneville Dam including the Snake River and Upper Columbia, are protected stocks under the Endangered Species Act. Fish counts at Bonneville Dam indicate upriver fish are showing up earlier and in larger numbers than predicted in the overall run.

"We will need to continue to monitor the fisheries closely and be prepared to make changes as the run size is updated, " said Cindy LeFleur, a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Columbia River fishery manager.

Earlier this month, state fishery managers closed fishing from the I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam and trimmed the lower river fishery from the I-5 bridge downstream to four days a week, Wednesdays through Saturdays, in an effort to allow sport fishing to remain open without exceeding the allowable impact on the protected upriver fish set in a 2001 management agreement.

Fishing in the area from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam will remain open under the previously adopted season.

So far in the sport season, approximately 123,000 angler trips have resulted in a catch of over 12,000 adipose-clipped hatchery spring chinook in the popular mainstem Columbia River fishery.

See ya all Saturday!!!
Jeff :grin: :grin:
 

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Great that it's staying open. :cheers:

I'll be out there tomorrow. :dance: :dance:
 

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Great it's staying open, but:

12,000 keepers for ~120,000 angler trips puts the fishing:catching a keeper ratio at 1:10. That sucks. It's hard on nate survival too. And the commission is talking about closing it. It should not be a trophy fishery for us when gillnetters are allowed in the river.

It's time to break out the trout gear or amass a grass roots campaign to ban gillnetting on the Columbia; what do ya say? Would a petition list from ifish be a good start? If we have 3000 members and each of us can get 5-10 signatures, that would certainly put us on the proposition ballots in each state. Our friends at Steelheader and Piscatorial Pursuits would certainly help. Could someone forward this to their boards? Thanks.

Remember - one item only Propostion; real simple:

Ban all gillnetting on the Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream forever.

Period.

Sea yall Saturday, I'm sure fishless. Doc
 

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Dr Strangelove:

It's time to break out the trout gear or amass a grass roots campaign to ban gillnetting on the Columbia; what do ya say?
<font size="2" face="verdana,arial,helvetica">Probably do what we did for the 20 years when we had no spring chinook season?

Have two long planned trips this weekend so it's working really well. We'll get to do one on the Columbia and one on the Willamette on Sunday.

I have two planned for 26th and 27th, might have to do them on the Willamette but that's OK.

I think Sandy River springers should be getting good by then?

Brion
 
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