States Set Columbia River Spring Chinook Seasons; Urged To Restrain Early-Season Fishing In Lower River So More Fish Reach Idaho

February 20th, 2020

Oregon and Washington set recreational spring chinook and winter steelhead fishing seasons in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam that in April limits the number of days per week anglers will be allowed to fish. And, beginning March 1, angling for salmon and steelhead will not be allowed in the river from Warrior Rock at St. Helens, OR downstream to Buoy 10 to protect hatchery fish returning to Cowlitz and Lewis river hatcheries.

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States Draw Closer To Concurrence On Columbia River Fishery Reforms With Recreation/Commercial Allocations, Gillnetting Rules

February 20th, 2020

Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife directors are bringing the states closer to agreement on Columbia River fishery reform, including changes to mainstem commercial gillnetting and recreational/commercial allocations, at least for this year -- a goal they’ve been working towards since adopting the fishery harvest reforms in 2013.

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NOAA Proposing To Approve Rebuilding Plans For Overfished Klamath/Sacramento Rivers Fall Chinook, Emphasis On Harvest Rates

February 13th, 2020

NOAA Fisheries is proposing to approve and implement fishery management plans for two overfished stocks of chinook salmon – Klamath River fall-run chinook and Sacramento fall-run chinook. The stocks are large contributors to ocean salmon fisheries off the California and Oregon coasts.

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ODFW Stock Assessment Shows Juvenile Abundance For White Sturgeon In Lower Columbia Lagging

February 6th, 2020

Abundance of sub-adult and adult white sturgeon in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam took a jump this year, but abundance of juvenile sized and one-year-old or younger white sturgeon is lagging, which is indicative of an extended period of low productivity, according to a report by biologists that will be given at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting Feb. 7.

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