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Imnaha Chinook Report

by Eric Barker
Lewiston Tribune, June 22, 2010

Chinook have entered the Imnaha River in Hells Canyon and fishing was decent until last weekend's rain sent river flows surging.

Jeff Yanke, an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist at Enterprise said about 5,000 hatchery chinook are projected to return to the river.

"Anglers are fighting the river right now," he said. "The fish are in there. I think they will be pretty well distributed, we just have to wait for the flows to drop."

The Imnaha was flowing at about 2,120 cfs Tuesday but slowing dropping.

Chinook fishing on the Wallowa River has also been slow because of the high water.

The Imnaha River, from the mouth to Summit Creek Bridge, and the Wallowa River, from Minam State Park to the mouth of the Lostine River, opened for spring chinook fishing on May 22. The daily bag limit is two adipose fin-clipped adults and five adipose fin-clipped jacks.

Eric Barker
Imnaha Chinook Report
Lewiston Tribune, June 22, 2010

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