With continued low returns of summer steelhead
into the Snake River and its tributaries, the Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife this week extended its one hatchery fish bag limit through the end of
The Oregon one fish bag limit was set to
expire Oct. 31, but underperforming steelhead runs across the Columbia River
basin and numbers of steelhead in the Snake River have not proven strong enough
to increase the bag limit, prompting the fish and wildlife agency to retain its
one hatchery fish limit.
“Steelhead and salmon runs have been an
overall disappointment this year, but we feel we can still offer some
opportunity while meeting broodstock requirements and reducing impacts on wild
fish,” said Kyle Bratcher, Acting District Fish Biologist in Enterprise, Ore.
“Low densities of fish in the river will generally reduce interactions with
wild fish but this regulation takes it a step further by reducing fishing
effort as fish are caught.”
Snake River steelhead are crossing Lower
Granite Dam, the upper of four lower Snake River dams, at less than 35 percent
of the 10-year average, ODFW said in a news release Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Some 49,122 steelhead had passed Lower Granite
Dam as of Oct. 31; 10,814 of the fish were wild. Last year on the same date the
count was 72,327, with 13,877 wild. The 10-year average is 149,971, with 39,708
See the Northeast Zone Fishing Report in the
Recreation Report for regulations: https://myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/northeast-zone
The one bag limit regulation applies to the
Snake River from the state line with Washington to Hells Canyon Dam, the Imnaha
River, Big Sheep Creek, Grande Ronde River, Catherine Creek, Wallowa River and
the Wenaha River.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game is also
continuing its one hatchery fish bag limit on the same stretch of the Snake
River through the end of December.
-- CBB, October 12, 2018, “Groups Issue Notice
To Sue Over Steelhead Fishing In Idaho; Say Harming Wild Summer Steelhead,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441654.aspx
-- CBB, September 14, 2018, “Salmonid Fishing
Closed On The Columbia River; 2018 A Bad Year For Salmon Returns,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441486.aspx
--CBB, August 17, 2018,”WDFW Restricts
Fisheries On Columbia River, Two Tributaries To Support Steelhead Run,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441294.aspx
-- CBB, Aug. 10, 2018, “Hot Water Temperatures
Prompt Oregon/Washington To Close Deschutes, Yakima River Mouths To Fishing,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441256.aspx