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Deschutes Plume Salmon Fishing Closure Lifted Starting Thursday

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RLEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The combination of cooling water temperatures in the Columbia River and additional protections in the form of a river-wide steelhead retention closure have allowed managers to re-open the closed area adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River effective Thursday Sept. 6.

THE COOL PLUME OF THE DESCHUTES RIVER WHERE IT ENTERS THE COLUMBIA IS A PRODUCTIVE PLACE TO FISH FOR FALL CHINOOK. GENARO RAMOS HOOKED THIS UPRIVER BRIGHT THERE IN 2016’S FISHERY. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

The Columbia River section outside the Deschutes mouth had been closed to angling since Aug. 9 based on direction from the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to protect wild summer steelhead that may be using the cooler water provided by this tributary.

“Although steelhead returns are still below pre-season expectations, the additional protections provided by the river-wide retention closure coupled with decreasing temperatures allows us to open this popular Chinook salmon fishing area. That being said, if an angler does happen to catch a steelhead while fishing for something else, it is critical that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best fishing practices,” said Tucker Jones, manager of ODFW’s Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program.

Anglers are reminded that due to poor returns of upriver summer steelhead, a retention closure remains in effect for steelhead in the mainstem Columbia River from the mouth at Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco, WA. The closure also includes the lower John Day River downstream from Tumwater Falls. In addition, the current fishing closure in the Deschutes River extending downstream from the lower end of Moody Rapids to the Deschutes River mouth at the Highway 84 Bridge will remain in place. The steelhead closures are expected to continue through the end of the year.

For more information and regulation updates, please see ODFW’s Columbia River Zone online.

ODFW MARKINGS ON A NOAA CHART SHOW THE CLOSURE AREA AROUND THE MOUTH OF THE DESCHUTES RIVER THAT IS NOW BEING LIFTED. (ODFW/NOAA)

300-plus Miles Of Columbia Closing For Steelhead Retention

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Steelhead retention in the Columbia River and lower John Day River will close effective Monday, Aug. 27 through the end of the year due to poor returns.

THE SUN IS SETTING ON COLUMBIA SUMMER-RUN STEELHEAD ANGLERS. THE BIG RIVER FROM BUOY 10 TO PASCO, AS WELL AS THE LOWER JOHN DAY, WILL CLOSE TO RETENTION AFTER THIS WEEKEND FOLLOWING A SIGNIFICANT DOWNGRADE OF THE RUN. TROY BRODERS TOOK THIS PIC OF SON BRADY CASTING FOR STEELHEAD LAST YEAR. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

The states of Oregon and Washington decided to close the retention fishery after the run size was downgraded from a preseason forecast of 182,000 to 110,000 adult summer steelhead on Monday. The revised estimate is lower than last year’s actual returns of 113,000 steelhead, which was far below recent averages and prompted fishery managers to enact a series of rolling season closures to protect the steelhead as they moved upstream.

“Steelhead returns are well below expectations and this latest update just doesn’t support allowing the fishery to continue as is. I encourage people to explore other angling opportunities during this conservation closure period, and if a person does happen to intercept a steelhead it is critical that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best fishing practices,” said Tucker Jones, manager of ODFW’s Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program.

The effective area is from the Columbia River mouth at Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco, Wash. The closure also includes the John Day River from Tumwater Falls downstream to its confluence with the Columbia. As a reminder the previously adopted angling sanctuary at the mouth of the Deschutes River is still in place.

The steelhead closure is scheduled to continue through the end of 2018, although the states will continue to monitor returns and could lift some restrictions if the numbers improve, according to Jones.

Chinook and coho salmon fishing continues on the Columbia according to previously adopted seasons and regulations.

ODFW lists best handling practices on Page 13 of the 2017 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

For more information and regulation updates, please see ODFW’s Columbia River Zone online.

Columbia At Deschutes Mouth, Lower Half Mile Of Trib Closing To All Fishing

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The Columbia River around the mouth of the Deschutes River will close to all fishing, including catch-and-release, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 in order to protect summer steelhead that may be utilizing the cooler water provided by this tributary.

THE COOL PLUME OF THE DESCHUTES RIVER WHERE IT ENTERS THE COLUMBIA IS A PRODUCTIVE PLACE TO FISH FOR FALL CHINOOK AS WELL AS STEELHEAD. GENARO RAMOS HOOKED THIS UPRIVER BRIGHT THERE IN 2016’S FISHERY. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

At their Aug. 3 meeting, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission directed ODFW staff to amend fishing regulations for the Columbia River near the Deschutes and in the lower Deschutes from the mouth upstream to Moody Rapids. The direction included closing this area to all fishing until river temperatures have stabilized below 68 F. ODFW staff will continue to monitor river temperatures and run sizes throughout the fall to determine when the area can be reopened. This is unlikely to occur prior to late-September.

The closed areas will be:

  1. All waters south of a straight line projecting from the flashing red USCG light #2 upstream to the lower South Channel Range B marker located approximately 3/4-mile upstream of the mouth of the Deschutes;
  2. The lower Deschutes River from the mouth upstream to markers placed on the downstream end of Moody Rapids.

ODFW MARKINGS ON A NOAA CHART SHOW THE CLOSURE AREA. (ODFW/NOAA)

Concerns about the vulnerability of fish to fishing pressure in the mouths of some tributaries of the Columbia River were sparked by the historically low returns of Snake River-bound summer steelhead in 2017. At that time the states of Oregon and Washington adopted unprecedented restrictions to several fisheries to reduce mortality on these fish.

In June 2018, ODFW staff outlined for the Commission a plan to take a comprehensive look at potential thermal sanctuaries throughout the Columbia River. That review process will include a series of public meetings in the fall of 2018 followed by rulemaking in early 2019.

Spring Chinook Seasons Set On Deschutes, Hood Rivers; 7,600, 1,500 Clipped Kings Expected

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

ODFW has set regulations for the popular spring Chinook fisheries on the Deschutes and Hood rivers, with both fisheries set to open on April 15.

MILES (LAST NAME UNKNOWN) HOLDS A SPRING CHINOOK HE CAUGHT ON THE HOOD RIVER. (RON REAGAN VIA ODFW)

Deschutes River:

·       Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth of the I-84 bridge upstream to Sherars Falls.
·        The catch limit is one adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.
·        All non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon must be released unharmed.
·        It is unlawful to continue to fish from Sherars Falls downstream to the upper railroad trestle after taking a daily bag limit of one adult Chinook salmon.

 Hood River:

·        Open for adipose fin-clipped Chinook from April 15 through June 30 from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork, and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls.
·        The catch limit is two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon per day, and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day.
·        All non-adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon must be released unharmed.

Last year, there was no season on the Deschutes due to poor returns of both hatchery and wild fish. This year, fish managers are predicting as many as 7,600 hatchery fish will return to the Deschutes, which is substantially larger than last year. But with numbers of wild fish returning predicted to remain extremely low, a reduced bag limit and conservative regulations will be in place to protect their numbers.   

“If the run comes back as predicted, hatchery Chinook salmon fishing on the Deschutes should be good,” said Rod French, ODFW district fish biologist in The Dalles. “The Deschutes River fishery below Sherars Falls is extremely popular because it offers a great chance to catch a Columbia River spring Chinook from the bank.” In recent years, as many as 10,000 anglers a year have participated in the fishery. 

On the Hood River, managers are also predicting a fairly strong return of spring Chinook. A return of over 1,500 hatchery fish is predicted for the Hood River, which is slightly better than last year’s predicted return.

According to French, the Hood River offers another good opportunity to catch a spring Chinook from the bank but in conditions that are much less crowded than on the Deschutes. 

For the latest regulations and recreation report for the Central Fishing Zone visit https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/central-zone