News - Attention: The Coumbia is Closing
From: Bob Rees
Sent: September 11, 2018 at 4:02 PM
Subject: The Columbia is closing...
Please disseminate to your chapter membership!
The press release is forthcoming, and I’ll send that out soon, but just so you can prepare for this abrupt halt in the fisheries, here is the low-down for the Columbia mainstem fishery. This is the staff recommendation, it has been adopted.
Recommendation: 2018 Mainstem Recreational Salmon Fisheries
Effective 12:01 AM Thursday September 13, angling for, and retention of, all salmon and steelhead is prohibited in the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge near Pasco, WA.
More info, observations by Bob Rees:
I’ve attached the fact sheet that gives much more detail about why we’re in the position we’re in. (See Below)
NOTE: This is ALL salmon and steelhead stocks, even hatchery coho, from Buoy 10 to Pasco, WA.
Once the Chinook pass out of the lower river, we should re-gain access to hatchery coho stocks (likely B-run fish, largely destined for Washington hatcheries) in the Buoy 10 to Bonneville reach or maybe to Longview anyway.
Much left to be determined, mostly by how Chinook passage at Bonneville goes. I’ll re-send the press release when it comes.
God save us all! This is a disaster!