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April 9, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Latest Columbia River spring chinook catch figures

bxdranocatchpic16The Washington and Oregon state fisheries managers and other joint staff fisheries officials met Wednesday, April 8 to provide a stock status update on the Columbia River spring chinook return.

Here are the latest figures:

Passage of Chinook at Bonneville Dam through April 7 totals 1,475 adults.

The U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) will begin meeting April 21 to review status of the upriver spring Chinook run on a weekly basis.

Non-Indian Fishery Update

An 8-hour mainstem commercial salmon fishing period occurred on April 1.  Landings totaled 1,746 Chinook from 145 deliveries. Kept plus release mortalities of upriver Chinook total 1,511 Chinook, which represents 87 percent of the 1,735 allowed pre-update.  Commercial fisheries are on hold until a run-size update is available in early/mid May.

Winter season Select Area fisheries concluded April 1.  Combined landings total 476 Chinook.  Harvest of upriver spring Chinook is estimated at 61 fish, which represents 26% of the 238 allowed pre-update.

The recreational spring Chinook fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam was extended beyond the scheduled closure date of April 8 and is currently scheduled remain open through April 14.  The estimated catch through Sunday April 6 is 2,821 kept adult fish from 42,330 angler trips.  Catch expectations for April 7-14 (closed Tuesday April 8) is 8,400 kept adults from 45,500 angler trips.  Combined kept and release mortalities of upriver fish through April 14 is projected to be 9,230 fish, or 91% of the 10,157 available prior to a run update.

The recreational fishery from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon/Washington border opened March 16 and is currently scheduled to close effective May 10.  Staff will continue to monitor this fishery and may request a Joint State hearing in early May if warranted.

Snake River recreational fisheries (Washington waters) do not open until late April.  The pre-season allocation for Snake River sport fisheries is 950 Chinook (including release mortalities).

The expected total upriver catch (kept and release mortalities) in all non-treaty fisheries through April 14 is 10,800 fish.  A final upriver run of 149,000 (66 percent of forecast) is required to remain within catch balance limitations for actual/ongoing fisheries through April 14.

Here is the 2014 preliminary summary of non-Indian upriver Chinook catches:

Mainstem commercial (April 1 fishery): 1,735 allocated fish; 1,511 actual catch; and 1,511 total catch.

Select Area commercial (actual through April 1; planned through June 15): 238 allocated fish; 61 actual catch; 177 planned catch; and 238 total catch.

Below Bonneville recreational (actual through April 6; planned through April 14): 10,157 allocated catch; 2,127 actual catch; 7,100 planned catch; and 9,227 total catch.

Bonneville Dam to OR/WA border recreational (actual through April 6): 1,354 allocated catch; no actual catch; 1,354 planned catch; and 1,354 total catch.

Snake River recreational: 950 allocated catch; no actual catch; 950 planned catch; and 950 total catch. Wanapum Tribal: 26 allocated catch; no actual catch; 26 planned catch; and 26 total catch.

Total: 14,460 allocated catch; 3,699 actual catch; 9,607 planned catch; and 13,306 total catch.

(Note: Does not include minimal impacts for planned non-target fisheries (shad commercial and LCR mainstem recreational steelhead).

Future Meetings

Staff is not proposing any hearings at this time.  Staff will track the ongoing LCR sport fishery and request a hearing early next week if warranted.

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