Update On Columbia Springers

WDFW announced this morning that Ringold on the Columbia and the Snake River will close for spring Chinook fishing at the end of this week.

The former closes as of 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 21 while the latter closes at the end of the same day.

Emergency rule change notices for both say “The upriver spring chinook run size is now expected to be 340,000 compared to the preseason forecast of 470,000.  Based on the current run size projection, the allowable catch of salmon has been achieved.”

A fact sheet from WDFW and ODFW out yesterday afternoon hinted this was coming. It reads:

* The Snake River sport fishery opened on April 20 and 24 for spring Chinook, depending on area.  Catch through May 8 is estimated at 559 fish kept and 10 released.  WDFW is estimating a total of 2,249 kept plus release mortalities in this fishery through May 21.

AMONG THE 2,500 SPRINGERS CAUGHT ON THE SNAKE, THIS ONE WAS LANDED BY JEFF MAIN OF SPOKANE AT LITTLE GOOSE DAM. (LAZER SHARP PHOTO CONTEST)

* The Ringold sport fishery opened on May 1 for spring Chinook.  Catch through May 9 is estimated at 301 fish kept and 44 released.  WDFW is estimating a total of 542 kept plus release mortalities in this fishery through May 21.

* WDFW will consider closing these fisheries this week.

* At the current 340,000 run size projection, non-treaty fisheries are projected to have a remaining balance of about 1,200 upriver spring Chinook for harvest under the catch-balancing agreement.

* Non-treaty impacts to ESA-listed spring Chinook are projected to be 1.93% compared to the 2.3% guideline at a 340,000 run size.

A total of 29,502 upriver-bound Chinook have either been bonked or died through catch-and-release mortality in the sport fishery from the mouth of the Columbia up to Ringold and in the Snake, 117 percent of the allocation for a run of 340,000.

Non-treaty commercial netters have killed 9,071, or 62 percent of their allocation at the same run size.

Tribal fishermen have caught 38,327, or all but 1,453 springers available at 340K.

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One Response to “Update On Columbia Springers”

  1. Springers 2010, By The Numbers « Northwest Sportsman Says:

    […] Third inseason forecast update (May 17): 340,000 […]

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