Springer seasons set on the Big C

troutdude
troutdude
By Bill Monroe | For The Oregonian/OregonLive
on January 27, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Spring chinook seasons were set Wednesday for the Columbia River, above and below Bonneville Dam.
Spring chinook anglers on the lower Columbia River will have until April 9 to tag hatchery salmon below Bonneville Dam.

Oregon and Washington fish managers met in Vancouver Wednesday and set spring seasons below and above Bonneville. Boat anglers can fish up to Beacon Rock and bank fishing will be allowed from Beacon Rock to the Bonneville deadline.

Sportfishing will be banned, however, on two Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5, to allow brief commercial fishing seasons.

Above Bonneville, anglers get until May 6.

Both areas are open now under permanent rules, but new rules, including a one-salmon daily bag limit (fin-clipped only) take effect March 1 below the dam and March 16 above the dam.

Washington announced it will be illegal for bank anglers in that state to set gear with a boat upriver from Bonneville Dam.

Managers will also end sturgeon retention in the Bonneville pool starting Monday, Feb. 8.

Smelt-dippers will get one day on the Cowlitz River, Feb. 6 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. to dip up to 10 pounds per person. Oregon biologists said they'll set a season later for the Sandy River, which more often than not doesn't host smelt.

Nearly 300,000 spring chinook are predicted to enter the Columbia River this spring. More than 188,000 will be upriver Columbia fish, 70,000 in the Willamette River and the balance in downriver tributaries.

Willamette River anglers will have unfettered, seven-days-per-week fishing with a two (hatchery) fish adult daily bag limit.

Complete details of Wednesday's decision for both states are online on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Web site.

-- Bill Monroe
 
troutdude
troutdude
More details, from ODFW:

January 27, 2016

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River today during a joint state hearing in Vancouver, Wash.

The recreational springer season on the Columbia from the river mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam will open from March 1 – April 9, with two days off during that period to allow for potential commercial fishing periods.

The Columbia River spring Chinook season is based on a forecast of 299,200 returning spring Chinook, which includes an expected 188,800 upriver spring Chinook. The prediction is down from last year’s banner return of 415,200 springers but above the 10-year average return of 285,000 fish.

Above Bonneville, the state fishery managers approved a Chinook retention season starting on Wednesday, March 16 and continuing through Friday, May 6, with an expected recreational harvest of 900 fish.

On the Willamette River, the spring Chinook forecast is 70,100 fish which is down from last year’s actual return of 87,100 springers but is better than the 10-year average of 61,000.

“We’re looking forward to another year of good spring Chinook fishing,” said Chris Kern, deputy administrator of ODFW’s Fish Division.

The states also announced the winter recreational sturgeon fishery in Bonneville Pool will close effective Monday, Feb. 8, which fishery managers believe will leave enough room under the harvest guideline to offer a short summer sturgeon retention season. In addition, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced a recreational smelt fishery for the Cowlitz River, scheduled for Feb. 6.

The following is a summary of spring recreational fishing seasons, including those adopted at today’s meeting.

CHINOOK SALMON

Columbia River mouth to Bonneville Dam

Prior to March 1, permanent rules for Chinook salmon, as outlined in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, remain in effect.

From March 1 through April 9, boat fishing will be allowed seven days a week from Buoy 10 at the Columbia River mouth upstream to Beacon Rock, which is located approximately four miles below Bonneville Dam. Bank fishing will be allowed during the same timeframe from Buoy 10 upstream to the fishing deadline at Bonneville Dam. The recreational fishery will be closed on March 29 and April 5 (Tuesdays). The recreational fishery below Bonneville will be managed prior to a run update based on the available guideline of 7,515 upriver spring Chinook. The season may be shortened or extended depending on catch and effort.

The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a Chinook. The rules also allow retention of up to five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day in Oregon.

Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington border

Prior to March 16, permanent rules for Chinook salmon, as outlined in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, remain in effect.

Effective March 16 through May 6, this area will be open to retention of adipose fin-clipped Chinook. Fishing for salmon and steelhead from a boat between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines, approximately six miles downstream from The Dalles Dam, is prohibited.

This fishery will be managed to the available harvest guideline of 1,000 upriver spring Chinook and may be shortened or extended depending on catch and effort.

The daily bag limit will be two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination, of which no more than one may be a Chinook. The rules also allow retention of up to five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day in Oregon.

Select Areas

Permanent fishing regulations for recreational harvest in Oregon waters within Youngs Bay and Blind Slough/Knappa Slough are listed in the 2016 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.

Based on today’s action, effective March 1 through June 15, 2016 on days when the mainstem below Bonneville Dam is open to recreational Chinook harvest, the daily salmonid bag limit will be the same as mainstem Columbia bag limits. On days the mainstem Columbia is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent bag limits for Select Areas will apply.

Willamette River

Under permanent rules, the Willamette River remains open to retention of adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead seven days a week.

The bag limit on the Willamette below Willamette Falls is two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon or steelhead in combination. Above the falls, two adipose fin-clipped adult salmon and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead may be retained in the daily bag.
 
E
eugene1
God bless the Willy springers!

I hope there are as many as predicted that come up or even more.
 
MrGrumpFish
MrGrumpFish
Way excited to fish my first springer season on the Willy! I hope the numbers are larger than predicted as well!
 
GoBlueFan
GoBlueFan
Looking forward to hitting the Umpqua in April for some springers
 

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