Fall Chinook Return Upgraded; States Approve Four Non-Treaty Gillnetting Periods, But Rescind After High Catch During First Period

October 10th, 2019

Oregon and Washington on Monday approved two lower Columbia River fisheries. One was for four periods (48 hours total) of commercial non-treaty gillnetting and the other for a one-day recreational white sturgeon fishery on Saturday, Oct. 12. But at a Thursday meeting three gillnetting periods were rescinded by the states due to an unexpected high catch rate during the first period.

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States Approve Additional Tribal Gillnetting Days Amidst Worries About Steelhead Numbers, Meeting Broodstock Goals

September 13th, 2019

Oregon and Washington fisheries managers approved an additional two and a half days of tribal gillnetting in Zone 6 (Bonneville Dam pool upstream through the John Day Dam pool) as they worried about a declining steelhead run and whether upstream hatcheries could meet their escapement goals for both fall chinook and steelhead broodstock.

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States Close Fall Chinook Fishing Below Bonneville Dam After Anglers Surpass Pre-Season Harvest Guideline

September 5th, 2019

After reviewing harvest information, Oregon and Washington abruptly closed the Columbia River to fall chinook angling from Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam as of 12:01 am, Sept. 6, when it became clear that nearly 10 percent more of the fish had been caught throughout the Columbia River than was allocated.

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