With the region’s serious lack of rain hindering the returns of salmon the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a closure on the Youngs River to ensure sufficient collection of hatchery broodstock. Here’s the ODFW news release.
The Youngs River and its tributaries will close to salmon and steelhead fishing effective Saturday, Oct. 13. Biologists at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the
closure in order to protect broodstock fish destined for the basin’s hatcheries.
The areas covered by the closure include:
- Youngs Bay from the commercial fishing deadline at Battle Creek Slough upstream to YoungnmRiver Falls, and
- Klaskanine River from its confluence with Youngs River upstream to the Klaskanine Hatchery angling deadline on the North Fork and up to the first falls at approximately river mile 4.7 on the South Fork.
According to John North, ODFW Columbia River fisheries manager, fish are likely holding in tidewater and not moving upriver because of low river levels caused by a lack of rain.
“Based on the poor returns so far this year, we are concerned about reaching hatchery broodstock needs,” he said. “We need to do what we can to make sure enough fish make it back to the hatcheries.”
The closures are in effect through Nov. 16.