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Fishery Managers Announce
Columbia River Fall Salmon Seasons

by Staff
Columbia Basin Bulletin, April 17, 2015

Projected Returns, 925,000 Fall Chinook

Fishing guide displays his clients catch of Fall Chinook. Oregon and Washington fishery managers have announced the 2015 summer and fall salmon seasons for the Columbia River.

The 2015 fall salmon seasons are based on strong projected returns of 925,000 fall chinook and 540,000 coho salmon, and include a Buoy 10 fishery projected through Labor Day and increased bag limits in some upriver areas.

Highlights of the upcoming seasons include:

As in to 2014, the "boat limit" rule will be in place from Buoy 10 upstream to the OR/WA border. Anglers fishing from the same boat may continue fishing for salmon until all licensed anglers have reached their daily limits.

According to Chris Kern, ODFW deputy administrator for Columbia and Marine programs, the major constraint for fall lower Columbia River fisheries is still the allowable harvest rate of ESA-listed wild tule chinook.

"This year, we had a little more room on allowable impact for wild tules," Kern said. "As a result, we estimate there will be six additional days of chinook fishing at Buoy 10 compared to 2014, extending the season through Labor Day. We also expect to meet all of our policy objectives and have chinook retention on the middle river through September 14."

Kern also noted that given continued strong runs of upriver stocks, the three chinook bag limit in upriver areas first implemented in 2014 will continue for the 2015 season.

"This will allow anglers can take advantage of the large chinook returns with little impact on wild tules," he said.

Anglers should be alert for potential in-season modifications to chinook retention rules, especially in the Buoy 10 and middle river areas.

Here are the details of the 2015 Columbia River summer and fall salmon and steelhead seasons:

Summer Seasons

Fall Seasons Seasons may be subject to in-season modification.

Fishery Managers Announce Columbia River Fall Salmon Seasons
Columbia Basin Bulletin, April 17, 2015

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