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Stretch of Columbia River Closing
to Salmon, Steelhead Fishing

by Bill Monroe
The Oregonian, September 2, 2021

(Edward Stratton photo) Parker Ostrom, 12, pulls in a salmon while fishing on the Columbia River near Astoria, Ore. The fall Chinook salmon run on the Columbia River is the largest in the past 75 years--up to 835,000 adult chinook with more than 63,000 fish travelling up the rivers' Bonneville Dam fish ladder on a single day. The bounty of salmon will let officials extend the fishing season on the Lower Columbia River. State and federal salmon managers will close all salmon and steelhead fishing Friday evening on 70 miles of the lower Columbia River, then add the rest of the river Monday night up to Bonneville Dam.

The closures, from Tongue Point upriver to Warrior Rock on the north end of Sauvie Island, and from Warrior Rock to Bonneville Dam, are necessary because of a higher-than-expected catch of tule chinook salmon, a troubled lower river stock.

All other zones of the Columbia remainopen under current regulations, including coho salmon from Buoy 10 to Tongue Point (daily limit increases to three hatchery adults on Sept. 7).

"It's extremely disappointing that we have to close these areas down," said Tucker Jones, Columbia River manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. "Conservation is our first responsibility, and we have to dow hat we can to ensure we do not adversely impact this listed stock."

White sturgeon retention reopens Sept. 11 and 18 upriver from the Wauna power lines.

Bill Monroe
Stretch of Columbia River Closing to Salmon, Steelhead Fishing
The Oregonian, September 2, 2021

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