With Higher In-Season Forecast, States Open Columbia River For Summer Chinook Fishing July 4-8; Sockeye, Steelhead Angling Still Closed

July 2nd, 2020

Oregon and Washington are opening a five-day recreational summer chinook angling period on the mainstem Columbia River beginning this weekend after an in-season forecast boosted the anticipated number of chinook entering the river by 58 percent over the preseason forecast.

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With Enough Spring Chinook In Lower Snake Now Passing Little Goose Dam, Idaho Rescinds Spill Change Request

June 12th, 2020

Spring operations at Little Goose Dam on the lower Snake River this last weekend apparently resulted in enough spring chinook passing the dam that Idaho on Monday (June 8) rescinded a request made last week, along with NOAA Fisheries and the Nez Perce Tribe, at the interagency Technical Management Team meeting.

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Uptick In Spring Chinook Forecast, Sockeye Passage To-Date Above Average; Tribes To Begin Commercial Gillnetting Above Bonneville Dam

June 12th, 2020

Columbia River Treaty Tribes will begin commercial gillnetting, along with commercial platform and hook and line fishing, upstream of Bonneville Dam (Zone 6) for summer chinook next week, a plan outlined by the tribes at a two-state Columbia River Compact hearing Monday, June 8. Some platform and hook and line fishing is also planned for downstream of Bonneville.

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Spill For Juvenile Fish Migration At Lower Snake Dams Holding Back Adult Spawners Headed For Idaho; River Managers Discuss Possible Operations Change

June 5th, 2020

A proposal aimed at reducing travel time and passing more adult spring chinook salmon on the lower Snake River at Little Goose Dam was “elevated” to a higher task force for a decision this week at the interagency Technical Management Team meeting Wednesday, June 3.

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Marine Survival Cited As Main Factor For This Year’s Historically Low Spring Chinook Return; ‘Workhorse Hatcheries’ Struggling

June 4th, 2020

An already low in-season forecast for spring chinook salmon was revised this week to 71,600 fish at the Columbia River mouth and only about 70,000 at Bonneville Dam, according to the U.S. v Oregon Technical Advisory Committee, which forecasts runs of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River.

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