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Fishing Season Ends
Early on Columbia River

by Associated Press
Bellingham Herald, October 21, 2016

salmon fishing guide Dave Grove, left, nets a fall Chinook for David Moershel while fishing on the Columbia River near Desert Aire, Wash.  (Rich Landers) PENDLETON, ORE. -- Recreational fishing will end early on the Columbia River after fish populations were found to be smaller than expected.

The East Oregonian reports that fisheries managers in Oregon and Washington announced Wednesday that salmon, steelhead and coho fishing will close Saturday.

Officials say only about 71 percent of the expected number of wild chinook returned to the Snake River. Snake River fall chinook have been a threatened species since 1992 and federal law limits the harvest of fall chinook to 15 of the salmon run.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife fisheries manager John North says revised projections show that they have already exceeded the 15 percent.

He says ODFW is also closing the coho and steelhead seasons to make sure no chinook are killed by catch and release.

Associated Press
Fishing Season Ends Early on Columbia River
Bellingham Herald, October 21, 2016

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