April 12th, 2017
The Columbia River Compact convened by teleconference at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday April 12, 2017 to consider recreational fishing for spring Chinook below Bonneville Dam, as well as Select Area commercial fisheries in the winter/spring management season.
The Columbia River continues with higher than normal flows, colder than normal temperatures, and greater than normal turbidity. Passage to-date over Bonneville Dam total 217 fish, compared to 1,600 based on the recent 5-year average. Sport fishermen have experienced very poor fishing conditions to-date in the mainstem recreational spring Chinook fishery. Catches are much lower than normal. On the other hand, test fishing indicates spring Chinook abundance is increasing. The Compact was called to consider an extension of the recreational fishery.
For the commercial fishery in the Select Areas, landings have increased recently. The staff recommendation was for adding 2-day fishing periods both in Youngs Bay above the old Youngs Bay Bridge, and in Blind Slough below the Blind Slough swinging railroad bridge.
Winter Fact Sheet No. 11 is appended in the form of a PDF file. The subsequent Joint State/Compact Action Notice is posted as well.