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For Immediate Release Thursday, September 11, 2003

Hatchery Coho Bag Limits Increase on Coastal Streams and Lower Columbia Tributaries

SALEM -Taking advantage of abundant hatchery coho returns, Oregon fishery managers increased daily catch limits for adipose fin-clipped coho to three fish in many coastal rivers and Columbia River tributaries below Bonneville Dam. The new bag limits go into effect Saturday, Sept. 13.

Anglers may retain an additional adipose fin-clipped coho in their normal two salmon and steelhead daily bag limit.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) estimates that nearly 1 million hatchery coho were present in the ocean this summer, with about half returning this fall to the Columbia River.

Biologists analyzed risks to wild stocks in each of the rivers affected by the bag limit increases and concluded that the additional harvest opportunity would not adversely affect the naturally spawning populations.

Below is a listing of popular river systems and fisheries that are open to angling for adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho and are affected by the additional coho bonus bag limit increase:

Columbia River Tributaries:
Youngs Bay: Open through through Dec. 31, 2003.
Klaskanine River: Open through Oct. 31, 2003.
Lewis and Clark River: Open through Oct. 31, 2003.
Youngs River: Open Oct. 31, 2003.
Bear Creek: Open Oct. 1-31, 2003.
Gnat Creek: Open through Dec. 31, 2003.
Big Creek: Open Oct. 1-31, 2003.
Willamette River below the falls, including Multnomah Channel: Open through Oct. 31, 2003.
Lower Clackamas River up to North Fork Dam and River Mill Reservoir (Estacada Lake): Open through Oct. 31, 2003.
Eagle Creek (Clackamas County): Open through Nov. 30, 2003.
Lower Sandy River upstream to Marmot Dam: Open through Oct. 31, 2001.
Bull Run River: Open through through Oct. 31, 2003.

Oregon Coastal Rivers:
Nehalem Bay and North Fork Nehalem River: Open through Oct. 31, 2003.
Tillamook Bay (Upper and Lower): Open through Oct. 31, 2003.
Trask River: Open through Oct. 31, 2003.
Salmon River: Open through Dec. 31, 2003.
Umpqua River (Winchester Bay, Mainstem, and North Fork Umpqua up to the fly area boundary above Rock Creek): Open through Dec. 31, 2003.
Coos Bay and River up to Chandler Bridge: Open through Dec. 31, 2003.
Coquille River up to Lampa Creek: Open through Dec. 31, 2003.
Rogue River: Open through Dec. 31, 2003. Anglers are reminded that the chinook bag limit remains at one per day below the Hog Creek boat landing during the open season of Oct. 1 - Dec. 31, 2003.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 947-6020
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us Fax: (503) 947-6009
 

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Yes!!!

Maybe I can make up for completely missing the URB fishery!
 

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Good. Now that I am going to become a Washington resident maybe that will keep them Oregonians from coming up and fishing my rivers. :grin:
 

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So If you have two chinooks, and you are fishing in one of the aforementioned(I love to use that word) waters you can continue to fish until you keep a coho. Or does a coho have to be one of the first two fish? The reason I ask is you may wind up fishing all day boating numerous chinook and tossing them back and then as the day closes say" Weell, Joe, we limited on the chinook this morning and have caught 20 fish since then lets keep one of these coho and call it a day." Kind of puts the stress on the fish. Kind of like jack fishing after you have limited on adults which is illegal.
So again I ask after catching two chinook can you continue to fish until you retain a coho?
 
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