Posts Tagged ‘chinook’

Spring Chinook and Sturgeon Seasons Set for Oregon and Washington

Friday, February 19th, 2010

odfw_logoOregon and Washington just adopted spring Chinook salmon and sturgeon fishing seasons for the Columbia and Willamette rivers yesterday during a joint state hearing, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).

The Columbia River spring Chinook seasons are based on a forecast of 470,000 returning upriver spring Chinook, said ODFW. As a conservative measure, the two states decided to adopt a 40 percent buffer, leaving a combined harvest guideline of 17,200 fish in the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam. Similarly, the sturgeon seasons are based on a recreational harvest guideline of 19,200 fish, including 3,600 in the Willamette.

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Increased Salmon Returns Expected

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009

Anglers, salmon season on the Columbia River is here! And with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) predicting a generous number of returning coho and chinook salmon, there’s no better time to fish.

A staggering 700,000 coho salmon are expected to return this fall as well as 500,000 chinook salmon. If estimates are correct, this will be the largest coho return since 2001.

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Idaho: Chinook season changes

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

This past weekend, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced some changes to its previous Chinook season schedules. Read below for a brief overview of the changes. For more detailed information, visit the Fish and Game web site.

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Steelhead Season Postponed

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Earlier this week, the Washington and Oregon Departments of Fish and Wildlife postponed the opening of steelhead and jack chinook season, said an ODFW press release. The original open date was scheduled for today.

“The decision was in response to a recent downgrade in the upriver spring chinook forecast by the US v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC),” wrote ODFW. “On Monday, TAC downgraded its preseason estimate of nearly 300,000 to a range of 120,000 to 150,000 fish.”

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