Springer season on the 'Chutes is closed

troutdude
troutdude
Here's the scoop, from an ODFW press release:

No spring chinook season on Deschutes River

Anglers can expect fall chinook season in August


Feb. 4, 2013

THE DALLES, Ore. –Fisheries managers have announced that the popular spring chinook fishery on the Deschutes River will not open in 2013.

According to Rod French, district biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, managers are predicting fewer than 650 wild spring chinook will return to the Warm Springs River to spawn. Under the current Lower Deschutes River management plan, the predicted run must be at least 1,000 wild fish before ODFW can open a sport fishery on hatchery fish.

“We have seen a significant decline in the return of wild fish over the last several years,” French said. “When the wild populations are this low, we can’t afford any incidental harvest from anglers targeting hatchery fish.”

The return of hatchery fish to the two Deschutes River hatcheries is also expected to be low and any harvest may jeopardize future hatchery production and fishing opportunities in the river. The exact cause of the decline is unknown, but managers hope that allowing additional fish to return to spawning grounds will boost wild production.

The Deschutes River is closed to all chinook fishing under permanent rule. However, when returns exceed management goals, a sport season can be opened under emergency rule. Past spring chinook seasons have typically opened in April. The fishery below Sherars Falls is extremely popular because high catch rates offer a good opportunity to catch a Columbia River spring chinook from the bank.

Unlike the wild spring chinook population, the wild fall chinook population in the Deschutes River is one of the healthiest stocks in the Columbia Basin, and the anticipated return should be well above management goals.

This will allow fishery managers to propose a sport fishing season for fall chinook beginning in August, French said.


Contact:


Rod French (541) 296-4628
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023
 
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halibuthitman
hmmmm... hmmmm... hmmmmmm... I wonder if they will kick all the wagon burners off the columbia with their nets.... hmmmm hmmmm... nope, that would be good science and healthy managment.. but a treaty is a treaty... wouldn't want to break one of those for the first time... cause us whiteys have never broken a treaty... right? the definition of futility is doing the same thing over and over again... and expecting different results... BREAK THE TREATIES NOW...
 
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halibuthitman
on a good note, ODFW couldn't predict what time the sun will come up tomorrow.. probably will have a 4700 fish return and they will open it the last week once the fish have all turned into boots...
 
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Spydeyrch
halibuthitman said:
the definition of futility is doing the same thing over and over again... and expecting different results

I thought that was the definition of insanity ...... :lol: hahahahahahahaha

-Spydey
 
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steelhead_slayer
halibuthitman said:
on a good note, ODFW couldn't predict what time the sun will come up tomorrow.. probably will have a 4700 fish return and they will open it the last week once the fish have all turned into boots...

Exactly what I was thinking
 
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waco
If ODFW is right about this that's good to do this, they should closed to fishing and netting. But they never right..... Would see and get ready to catch some boots!
 

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