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THE NEWSROOM IDAHO Upper Salmon River Open Through Aug. 9 The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a chinook fishing season that will run through Aug. 9. The area that’s open is about 38 miles of river from the posted boundary at the South Butte boat ramp near Clayton, upstream to the posted boundary about 100 yards downstream of the weir and trap at Sawtooth Fish Hatchery. About 300-350 adult Chinook are expected to be available for harvest as well as “Jack” salmon, which are salmon less than 24 inches and don’t need to be recorded on the permit. Fishing for chinook salmon in the Upper Salmon River will be open three days per week; Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. MDT. Fishing will close Aug. 9, or by Closure Order signed by the Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Bag and possession limits for the Upper Salmon River are four chinook daily of which only two may be adults 24 inches or longer and possession is twelve and only six of which may be adults. No person may take more than 10 adult chinook salmon statewide during 2020 salmon seasons occurring prior to Aug. 9. OREGON Columbia River Summer Chinook Fishing Opened After not having a summer chinook fishery on the Columbia River in 2019, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington approved a recreational season that lasted only a few days (July 4-8). It was open from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point Line upstream to the Highway 395 bridge in Pasco. While it was short-lived, it was a brief highlight in a season that has plenty of lows. Fishery managers approved the season after scientists from the Tribes, states, and federal government revised the upper Columbia summer chinook forecast to 65,000 fish in late June. The original forecast called for 38,000 summer chinook. “The run is tracking above what we expected this year, which is great news, but we’re still carefully monitoring these fisheries to ensure we’re achieving our conservation goals for all the species that share the river,” said Ryan Lothrop, Columbia River fishery manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Sockeye and steelhead angling is closed (below the Highway 395 bridge) due to ESA take limits on Snake River sockeye salmon. Managers estimated that most of the sockeye will have migrated past the fishery by first week of July thus eliminating any impacts on those fish. Upriver from the Highway 395 bridge in Pasco chinook fishing also opened July 4 along the Hanford Reach from the Interstate 182 bridge to Priest Rapids Dam, as well as Priest Rapids Dam to Wells Dam and from the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster to Foster Creek in Douglas County. The portion of the river from Wells Dam to the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster will open July 16. This later opener helps protect spring chinook listed under the Endangered Species Act that migrate through and hold in that area of the Columbia River. The river remains closed to salmon and steelhead fishing between the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco and the Interstate 182 bridge. Sockeye fishing is open above the Interstate 182 bridge, as Snake River sockeye exit the Columbia by that point. The opening dates and daily limits for the Columbia River are as follows: • From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco: July 4 through July 8, 2020. Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery chinook. Minimum size 12”. Anglers must release all steelhead and salmon except hatchery chinook. • From the Interstate-182 bridge to Priest Rapids Dam: July 4 through July 31, 2020. Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 adults may be retained. Minimum size 12”. Release wild adult chinook and coho. • From Priest Rapids Dam to Rock Island Dam: July 4 through Aug. 31, 2020. Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery chinook and up to 2 may be sockeye. Minimum size 12”. Release wild adult chinook and coho. • From Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam: July 4 through Oct. 15, 2020. Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery chinook and up to 2 may be sockeye. Minimum size 12”. Release wild adult chinook and coho. • From Wells Dam to the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster: July 16 through Sept. 15, 2020. Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery chinook and up to 2 may be sockeye. Minimum size 12”. Release wild adult chinook and coho. • From the Highway 173 Bridge at Brewster to the rock jetty at the upstream shoreline of Foster Creek (Douglas County side): July 4 through Oct. 15, 2020. Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 2 may be adult hatchery chinook and up to 2 may be sockeye. Minimum size 12”. Release wild adult chinook and coho. The Entiat and Chelan rivers will also open for Chinook on July 16. Barbless hooks are required when fishing for salmon downstream of the Washington/Oregon border; barbed hooks are permitted above the border. WASHINGTON WDFW Clarifies Ocean Summer Salmon Fishing Regulations With recreational salmon fishing now open in Washington’s ocean waters, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is clarifying the rules for individual marine areas, as well as asking anglers to help ensure accurate catch estimates by cooperating with fish checkers at landing sites. “We had a great, busy first weekend on the water,” said Wendy Beeghley, a fishery manager with WDFW. “But any time there’s a busy opener like this, anglers often ask us for some clarification of the rules, 10 SALMON THE TAILOUT & STEELHEAD JOURNAL 38