In an effort to extend the Columbia River Buoy 10 chinook season through Sept. 1, Oregon and Washington fishery managers decided today to limit harvest to hatchery fin-clipped chinook beginning Friday, Aug. 23.
Thanks to good fishing early in the season, anglers are quickly approaching the harvest quota of 20,000 chinook salmon in the popular fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River. Managers hope today’s action will allow them to keep a chinook fishery open through Sept. 1 as originally scheduled.
“We’re taking this action today because we’ve been having an excellent chinook fishery at Buoy 10 this year and this will allow chinook anglers to keep fishing,” said Steve Williams, ODFW fish division deputy administrator.
Under the rules adopted today:
Effective Friday, Aug. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 1 only chinook with a clipped and healed adipose fin, or a completely clipped and healed left ventral fin may be retained.
The daily bag limit will continue to be two hatchery salmon or steelhead, in combination, only one of which may be a chinook. All wild salmon and steelhead must be released.
Effective Monday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 30 Buoy 10 will be closed to ALL chinook harvest.
Anglers may transport wild, un-clipped salmon caught in adjacent fisheries (such as the ocean or the Columbia River above Tongue Point) through the Buoy 10 area, but cannot fish in Buoy 10 with an un-clipped chinook onboard.
Fishery managers will meet again on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m. to review the status of the fishery and make any necessary adjustments.
In the meantime, Williams says Buoy 10 anglers should start anticipating a strong coho return.
“By this time next week it ought to be bang up fishing for coho at Buoy 10,” he said.