Oregon to close some rainbow trout fisheries amid record returns
The Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife announced on Friday the emergency closure of recreational rainbow trout fishing on several tributaries of the Columbia River.
Beginning September 1, rainbow trout fishing on large stretches of the Deschutes, Umatilla, John Day and Walla Walla rivers will be closed until the end of the year.
That’s because the number of Columbia River rainbow trout, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, is the lowest it has been at this point in the year. since recording began in 1938. About half of the rainbow trout have passed Bonneville Dam this summer. five years.
The ODFW’s decision came just hours after a meeting between the Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commissioners.
Find a full list of closures and fishing restrictions in Oregon’s Columbia Basin here.
“We know these actions are going to negatively affect fishermen this year and we are not taking it lightly,” ODFW Fish Division Deputy Administrator Shaun Clements said in a press release. “But they are unfortunately needed at this time to give the fish the best chance to bounce back and ensure that people can support the fishery for years to come.”
A coalition of conservation and fishing organizations had previously called for a basin-wide closure of the recreational rainbow trout fishery.
Washington had not announced any additional closures on Saturday morning. The ODFW said the agency will continue to monitor rainbow trout returns to determine whether some rainbow trout fisheries may reopen.