Action: Retention of hatchery chinook is open under permanent rule on the lower Klickitat River.
Effective dates: Immediately through July 31, 2018
Species affected: Chinook salmon
Locations: The Klickitat River, from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) to Fisher Hill Bridge.
Reason for action: Fishery co-managers have indicated that the majority of the spring chinook run has passed above Lyle Falls into the upper river, making continued closure of the hatchery chinook fishery in the lower river unnecessary. Chinook retention was closed by emergency rule June 16 in the stretch of the Klickitat River noted above due to low returns to the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery.
Additional information: Retention of hatchery spring chinook remains closed above Fisher Hill Bridge to allow hatchery chinook migrating through this area to return to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery for broodstock needs. Chinook retention in the upper river will reopen under permanent rule on Aug. 1, 2018.
Information contact: Matt Gardner Region 5 District Biologist, (360) 906-6746