Sockeye Opening On Upper Columbia

With the sockeye run now exceeding even the updated run forecast, anglers will be able to fish for the salmon even further up the Columbia.

WDFW announced that fishing on the river above Priest Rapids Dam as well as in the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers starts as early as this Thursday, July 1.

With the big bag limit, you could keep up to six sockeye a day.

As of this morning, the dam count at Bonneville stands at 258,825, nearly 9,000 more than last week’s revised forecast that allowed managers to open up the river below PRD this past Saturday, 133,000 more than the preseason prediction, and nearly 200,000 more than the 10-year average — and this decade has seen some good runs in recent summers.

While it appears the peak of the run has now passed the dam, this year’s return will go down in the record books. It can claim six of the top seven daily counts at Bonneville since 1938, including the top two, last Thursday’s 30,690 and last Wednesday’s 30,374.

Here is more from WDFW’s emergency rule change notice:

Rule:   Daily limit 6 salmon. Up to 3 adult chinook, of which only one wild adult chinook  may be retained. Sockeye minimum size 12 inches.  All coho and steelhead must be released. Release all sockeye and chinook with floy (anchor) tag attached. There is an anti-snagging and night closure in effect for Rocky Reach Dam to Turtle Rock and the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers.

Effective dates and locations:

(1) July 1 – Aug 31, 2010, Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to Wanapum Dam.
(2) July 1 – Oct 15, 2010, Columbia River from Wanapum Dam to Wells Dam.
(3) July 16 – Aug 31, 2010, Columbia River from Wells Dam to Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster.
(4) July 1, 2010 – Oct 15, 2010, Columbia River from Hwy 173 Bridge in Brewster to Hwy 17 Bridge in Bridgeport.
(5) July 1, 2010 – Oct 15, 2010, Okanogan River from the mouth to Hwy 97 Bridge immediately upstream of mouth.
(6) July 1, 2010 – Sept 15, 2010, Okanogan River from Hwy 97 Bridge immediately upstream of mouth to Hwy 97 Bridge crossing at Oroville.
(7) July 1, 2010 – Sept 15, Similkameen River from the mouth to Enloe Dam.

Species affected: Sockeye salmon

Reason for action: Sockeye salmon returns above Priest Rapids Dam are predicted to be well in excess of needs for wild fish escapement to the spawning grounds.  The population is not listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

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One Response to “Sockeye Opening On Upper Columbia”

  1. Record Sockeye Run Now Forecasted « Northwest Sportsman Says:

    […] As dam counts mounted a week ago, Washington and Oregon upped the preseason forecast to 250,000 and began announcing fishery opening on the Lower, Mid and Upper Columbia. […]

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