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Columbia River Spring Chinook Seasons

Summer, Fall Salmon Fishing Seasons for Columbia River
 

Willamette River and Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon

The Willamette River flows through downtown Portland Oregon and each year (February-May) it supports a healthy return of 50,000 to over 100,000 Spring Chinook Salmon. The Columbia River also near Portland receives, on average, nearly 1,000,000 springers each year.

Spring Chinook salmon are wonderful eating and contain some of the highest amounts of healthy Omega 3 oils of all the species of salmon.

These salmon put up a tremendous battle many times leaping far into the air. Trolling spinners and bait is one of the most popular methods to fish for these salmon. Anchoring and plunking bait wrapped lures can also be productive at times. April is typically one of the top months to catch these spring Chinook on the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

Peak fishing: Willamette River (Portland area) - April through May. Willamette River (Salem area) - May through July, depending on water conditions. On the Columbia River (Portland/Vancouver upstream to Bonneville Dam) - April though May. Above Bonneville Day - May through July.

Prices:

  •  $150 - $175 full-day trip (7-8 hrs)

  •  $100 - $110 half-day trip (4-5 hrs)

Locations: Trips are conducted in the Willamette River from Salem to Oregon City, from Oregon City to the rivers mouth at Kelly Point Park, and in the Multnomah Channel from Portland to St. Helens. Trips on the Columbia River are from Bonneville Dam to Rainer and also from the John Day Dam to Bonneville Dam. Salem area trips and locations above Bonneville Dam are run May-July.
 

Willamette River Spring Chinook Salmon - 47 lbs.

37 Pound Willamette River Springer

Split Trips, very popular. Fill your cooler with a limit of Chinook salmon then (time permitting) your guide will switch gear and target keeper White sturgeon (34-60 inches).

Split trips and half-day trips are available on a limited bases and may not be available at all locations.

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Salmon Season Updates for 2008
 

May 8, 2008

ODFW Fish Managers Close Willamette River Chinook fishing

Salem, Ore. -- Citing low numbers of spring Chinook salmon passing over Willamette Falls and a lower than expected proportion of hatchery fish in angler surveys and ladder counts to date, fish managers at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife decided Thursday to close the Willamette River below the Falls to retention of Chinook, effective 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 12.

Fishing for steelhead, shad and other species in this area will remain open, as will Chinook retention above Willamette Falls and in the Clackamas River, with previously adopted seasons and bag limits still in effect. These are:

The daily bag limit for the Willamette River downstream of Willamette Falls will be two adult adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
The daily bag limit for the Willamette River and tributaries above Willamette Falls will remain two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead of which only one may be a Chinook, except that an additional adipose fin-clipped steelhead may be retained.
The daily bag limit for salmon and steelhead in the Clackamas River upstream to North Fork Dam will remain two adult adipose fin-clipped salmon and steelhead of which only one may be a Chinook.

As of May 6, only 1,786 spring Chinook have passed over the Willamette Falls in Oregon City, with only 935 being hatchery fish. The Willamette Management Plan objective is 20,000 hatchery fish passing over the dam.

“We’re concerned about our ability to meet escapement goals,” said Steve Williams ODFW Fish Division deputy director. “We made the decision to close the fishery below the Falls now in order to meet our hatchery broodstock needs, and to maintain fishing opportunities above the Falls.”

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us


 


Friday, April 25, 2008

ODFW Announces 2008 Summer, Fall Salmon Fishing Seasons for Columbia River

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced the upcoming summer and fall salmon seasons for the Columbia River, including the popular Buoy 10 fishery. While many ocean salmon fishing opportunities have been severely constrained for 2008, opportunities in the Columbia River remain comparatively stable.

 

Public discussion of summer and fall Columbia River salmon seasons took place during the spring meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. While much of the talk at PFMC meetings this year was about the ocean salmon seasons, participants in the public process did help fish managers craft the following recreational fisheries for the summer and fall seasons (including remaining spring seasons where applicable):

Buoy 10 upstream to Tongue Point

  • Open for shad May 16 – December 31

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped adult coho (>16”) and adipose fin-clipped steelhead August 1 – December 31. Daily bag limit is two salmonids.

  • Adult chinook (>24”) retention allowed August 1 – September 1, or until a quota of 6,000 kept chinook is reached. Daily bag limit is two salmonids, but only one may be a chinook. Chinook may be fin-clipped or not. 

 

Mainstem Columbia River from Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville Dam

 

  • Open for shad May 16 – December 31

  • Open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead May 16 – December 31 in the area below the I-5 Bridge and June 16 – December 31 in the area between the I-5 Bridge and Bonneville Dam. Daily bag limit is two salmonids.

  • Open for chinook salmon adults June 21 – June 28 and for chinook jacks June 16 – December 31. Daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. Chinook adults and jacks may be fin-clipped or not.

  • Open for chinook salmon adults (fin clipped or not) September 1 – 16 except in the area between a line projected from Bachelor Island, Washington shore across to the Warrior Rock Lighthouse, Oregon shore downstream to a line projected from red navigation marker #62 at Deer Island, Oregon shore across to green navigation marker #63 at Martin Island, Washington shore, where retention of all chinook (adults and jacks) will be prohibited from August 1 – December 31. This area encompasses river miles 79-88, approximately. Open for adipose fin-clipped coho and chinook jacks (fin-clipped or not) August 1 – December 31. In open areas/periods, daily bag limit is two adult salmonids, but only one may be a chinook. Anglers may also retain up to five jack salmon. 

Mainstem Columbia River above Bonneville Dam 

·         Open for shad year round

·         Open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead June 16 – December 31. Daily bag limit is two salmonids.

·         Open for chinook salmon adults and jacks June 16 – July 31, or until guideline is met. Daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. Chinook adults and jacks may be fin-clipped or not.

·         Open for chinook salmon (adults and jacks) and coho salmon August 1 – December 31.  Daily bag limit is two adult salmonids and five jacks. Chinook adults and jacks may be fin-clipped or not. Coho retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be adipose fin-clipped.

 

Notable changes for this year’s season include the closure for chinook retention in the lower river to help protect escapement of lower river wild fall chinook headed for the Lewis River, and the limitation to chinook fishing time in the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam to limit impacts on the federally-listed upriver bright (URB) fall chinook stocks.  

 

As in all Columbia River salmon seasons, anglers should be aware that emergency action may be taken to alter any of the above seasons on relatively short notice. Anglers are advised to keep up to date with the latest regulations by going to ODFW’s regulations website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/columbia.asp 

or by calling (503) 647-6000. 

 

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us

 


April 17, 2008

Spring Chinook Fishing to Close Monday on the Lower Columbia River

OLYMPIA - After weeks of exceptional salmon fishing, fishery managers for Washington and Oregon agreed to close the spring chinook fishery on the lower Columbia River beginning Monday (April 21), when anglers are expected to reach their pre-season catch target.

By then, the sport catch from the west Hayden powerlines upriver to Bonneville Dam is expected to reach a total of 22,300 fish - about 2,000 more fish than anglers had been expected to catch through the end of April.

"This year's fishery came on strong right from the start," said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).  "During the past week, anglers fishing the lower river were averaging a fish per boat."

By the states' action, spring chinook fishing will close from the Hayden Island west powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam at 12:01 a.m., April 21.  Fishing for steelhead and shad will also close at the same time in that area.

LeFleur said fishery managers will continue to monitor the status of the spring chinook run on a daily basis and will consider re-opening those fisheries if returns are larger than expected.  That determination will be made in late April or early May, after a greater portion of the run has arrived, she said.

Meanwhile, fisheries will remain open for hatchery spring chinook salmon on Columbia River tributaries, including the Cowlitz, Kalama, Lewis, Wind and Klickitat rivers, as well as Drano Lake. The Columbia River above Bonneville Dam also will remain open to salmon fishing.

About 269,300 upriver spring chinook were forecast to return this year, one of the largest runs in recent years.  Under state fishing rules, anglers must release any wild chinook they catch on the Columbia River and its tributaries to protect fish listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.  Hatchery-reared fish, which are available for harvest, can be identified by a clipped adipose fin. For additional information, please visit www.dfw.state.or.us  


 

 


 

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