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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Ann Snyder (503) 872-5264, Ext. 5363
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us Fax: (503) 872-5700

For Immediate Release Wednesday, May 7, 2003


Astoria-area streams open early to spring chinook angling


PORTLAND - Thanks to good returns of hatchery spring chinook to Blind Slough and Youngs Bay, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening five adjacent streams to spring chinook angling effective Saturday, May 10. The streams had been scheduled to open May 24.


Areas that will open May 10 for chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead angling will be:
· Big Creek downstream from the deadline at the hatchery;
· Gnat Creek from Aldrich Point Road Bridge upstream to Barrier Falls, located 1/4 mile upstream from Highway 30;
· Klaskanine River, including the north up to the hatchery and south fork;
· Lewis and Clark River upstream to the fish ladder at Warrenton Reservoir Dam; and
· Youngs River upstream to Youngs River Falls.


Chinook salmon returning to these streams are reared in net pens in Blind Sough and Youngs Bay to provide fishing opportunities for 'select area' sport and commercial fisheries. Select area fisheries occur off the mainstem Columbia River in Blind Slough and Youngs Bay, and are designed to harvest hatchery fish with little catch of non-local spring chinook.


With this year's good returns and abundant rains, some net pen spring chinook have moved above the select area fisheries into adjacent tributaries. The early opener provides additional harvest opportunity without impacting other species of concern. Spring chinook returning to select areas in 2003 are not all adipose fin-clipped, and anglers may keep any chinook caught this year in select areas or the five tributaries.


Anglers are reminded that these five streams are small and the fish often are visible. Anglers must release immediately any spring chinook or steelhead not hooked in the mouth. Trout angling remains closed until the May 24 trout opener for streams. Oregon State Police and ODFW personnel will be monitoring closely for angling violations.


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Information and Education Division
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 872-5264 ext 5528
 
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