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ODFW NOTICE: Columbia Chinook Opens June 16

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For Immediate Release Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Summer Chinook Season Opens June 16 in Columbia River

PORTLAND - With a second year of good summer chinook returns, Oregon and Washington fishery managers decided today to open a summer chinook sport fishery in the Columbia River June 16.

Biologists estimated earlier this year that 87,600 adult summer chinook will enter the Columbia River this year, which would be the second largest run since 1969. In 2002, 129,000 summer chinook entered the Columbia in June and July.

Last year was the first time the Columbia River was open to summer chinook fishing since 1973. Historically, summer chinook were known as "June hogs" because of their large size.

The season adopted today allows angling for adipose fin-clipped summer chinook and adipose fin-clipped steelhead June 16 - July 31, 2003, from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line near Astoria upstream to the U.S. Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco, Wash. The daily bag limit is two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon or steelhead and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon. All other permanent angling rules apply, as printed in the 2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

The fishery will be managed to allow 85,000 summer chinook to pass Bonneville Dam during the period of June 1 - July 31. In addition, mangers will monitor the catch to ensure that impacts to wild summer chinook are limited to less than 1.0 percent of the total run. Wild summer chinook destined for the Snake River are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Information and Education Division
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 872-5264 ext 5528
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SPANKY WHO???????? :grin: Glad to see it open again. Wonder is Nanook and Fishin Mission will put any time on the water? :shrug: :laugh:
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Gonna be another great summer :smile:
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Just so y'alls know..."Spanky" doesn't ride til the third week of August. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Great!!!! I cant wait!!! I loved it out there last year,

Any word on the season for jet skis????? :grin:

See ya all on the river.



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can ya all say YEEHAW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :cool: :cheers:
Here's an email that someone sent me today Pete:

Summer chinook fishing to open June 16

Thursday, May 29, 2003
By ALLEN THOMAS, Columbian staff writer

For only the second time in three decades, anglers will be allowed to keep
summer chinook salmon this year in the Columbia River.

Washington and Oregon officials on Wednesday approved a season for
fin-clipped summer chinook from June 16 through July 31 from Tongue Point
east of Astoria upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco.

"After 30 years in fishery management, and this being closed 28 years
in my career, I can't say enough about being able to open this,'' said
Steve King, salmon manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Summer chinook originate far up the Columbia system, primarily in the
Salmon River of central Idaho and above Priest Rapids Dam in the upper

Historically referred to as the "June hogs'' because of their large
size and migration timing, summer chinook once were considered the No. 1
Columbia River salmon.

But construction of the hydroelectric dams hit summer chinook hard.

The bulk of their spawning area was upstream of Grand Coulee Dam, which
was completed in 1941 without fish ladders.

The run bottomed out at 15,000 fish in 1995.

Last year, the forecast was for 77,000 summer chinook and the actual
return was 129,000. Fishing opened June 28 for the first time since 1973.

This year, the forecast is for 87,600 summer chinook, slightly above
the goal of 85,000.

Cindy LeFleur of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said an
estimated 2,000 to 3,500 summer chinook will be caught, with 1,000 to 2,000
kept. About 50 percent to 60 percent of the run is expected to be
fin-clipped hatchery fish.

Fishing is expected to be best during the last two weeks of June and
the vast majority of the catch will be downstream of Bonneville Dam.

Many anglers will target on the more plentiful summer steelhead,
keeping hatchery summer chinook as an incidental catch.

The bag limit in Washington is six salmon, but no more than two adult
chinook (longer than 24 inches). Two hatchery steelhead also can be taken.

Oregon's limit is two adult fish, salmon and steelhead combined.
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These are 'the good old days' :cheers:

See you all out there :grin: !
Any suggestions where to fish? I have never fished this time of year before.
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