Spring Chinook season reopens on lower Columbia

Columbia River


Recreational anglers will get an additional nine days of spring Chinook fishing on the lower Columbia River under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

Under the rules adopted during a joint state hearing, anglers will be allowed to retain Chinook during two fishing periods. The first period is Thursday, April 13 through Monday, April 17. A second fishing period is Thursday, April 20 through Sunday April, 23. The effective area is from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock for both boat and bank anglers, and bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline. The closure area near the mouth of the Lewis River remains in effect.

This is the second time this year fishery managers have extended the season, citing continued poor fishing conditions and low catch rates in making their decision.

The daily bag limit is two adult salmonids per day, but only one may be a Chinook. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be kept. All other permanent regulations apply.

Anglers are reminded that under previously adopted rules, retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead from Buoy 10 to the Highway 395 Bridge (Pasco, Wash.) and shad from Buoy 10 to Bonneville Dam is allowed only during the same days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.

Managers will continue to monitor the returns and catch rates, and plan to meet again on Wednesday, April 19 to evaluate ongoing fisheries.

For more information, visit ODFW’s Columbia Zone Regulations Update Page.

More Reports

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
: Wolf Annual Report public meeting April 21
: ODFW Weekly Recreational Report
: Special April 13 meeting on blue/black rockfish permits

OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Reports
for Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Alsea River: Alsea River Fishing Report
Kilchis River: Kilchis River Fishing Report
Nehalem River: Nehalem Fishing Report
Nestucca River: Nestucca River and Three Rivers Fishing Report
Salmon River: Salmon River Fishing Report
Siletz River: Siletz River Fishing Report
Siuslaw River: Siuslaw River Fishing Report
Trask River: Trask River Fishing Report
Wilson River: Wilson River Fishing Report
Yaquina River: Yaquina River Fishing Report
Applegate Reservoir: Applegate Reservoir Fishing Report
Applegate River: Applegate River Fishing Report
Arizona Pond: Arizona Pond Fishing Report
Ben Irving Reservoir: Ben Irving Reservoir Fishing Report
Coos River: Coos River Basin Fishing Report
Coquille River: Coquille River Basin Fishing Report
Diamond Lake: Diamond Lake Fishing Report
Emigrant Reservoir: Emigrant Reservoir Fishing Report
Expo Pond: Expo Pond Fishing Report
Fish Lake : Fish Lake Fishing Report
Floras Lake: Floras Lake Fishing Report
Galesville Reservoir: Galesville Reservoir Fishing Report
Hemlock Lake: Hemlock Lake Fishing Report
Howard Prairie Reservoir: Howard Prairie Reservoir Fishing Report
Hyatt Lake: Hyatt Lake Fishing Report
Lake Marie: Lake Marie Fishing Report
Lake Selmac: Lake Selmac Fishing Report
Lemolo Lake: Lemolo Lake Fishing Report
Loon Lake: Loon Lake Fishing Report
: Lost Creek Reservoir Fishing Report
Plat I Reservoir: Plat I Reservoir Fishing Report
Smith River: Smith River Fishing Report
Tenmile Lakes: Tenmile Basin Fishing Report
Willow Lake: Willow Lake Fishing Report