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2018 Spring Chinook Season Update

Thursday May 17, 2018

The 2018 spring chinook run appears to be late-timed relative to the 10-year average timing and may have similar timing to the 2017 run. So far, it has been tracking less than forecast. There is still a great deal of uncertainty about what the actual run size will be. The U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee which includes biologists from all four tribes has not been able to update the run size yet.

Both treaty and non-treaty fisheries are managed based on the same actual river mouth run size for upriver spring chinook. The allowed treaty harvest rate changes based on the actual run size. Because the actual run size is not yet known, the actual allowed catch limit is also not known. This means we are in effect in a holding pattern at least until the actual run size is determined.

Currently the Zone 6 platform and hook-and-line fishery is open for subsistence use only. The tribes are monitoring both run information and harvest data and are expected to consider any management decisions as more information becomes known about the actual run size. Further announcements will be made as soon as the tribes make any additional decisions regarding the fishery.

For information on tributary fisheries, please contact your tribe directly.

Note: This announcement is an informational document and does not constitute a fishery regulation. Individual tribes determine actual fishing regulations for their members. Copies of regulations are available from tribal fishery departments.

If you have any fishing enforcement problems or need assistance or information, day or night, contact the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Enforcement Office, 4270 Westcliff Drive, Hood River, Oregon. Phone: (541)-386-6363 or toll-free (800)-487-FISH (3474). Show pride in your Tribe’s treaty rights by carrying your tribal ID. Please consult your tribal Fisheries Department for additional details on tribal regulations. PLEASE WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKETS FOR SAFETY and avoid overloading your boats.

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