June 22nd, 2016
The Columbia River Compact convened by teleconference at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 22, 2016 to consider recreational sturgeon fishing in Zone 6, above Bonneville Dam, as well as Select Area commercial fishing in the lower Columbia River. No discussion of mainstem salmon fisheries in the summer management season were included in Summer Fact Sheet No. 2 issued by the Joint Management Staff of the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish & Wildlife.
With regards to the recreational sturgeon fishery in the Bonneville Pool, actual harvest of sturgeon in the fishery has already exceeded the guideline for the fishery. The staff recommendation was to rescind the previously scheduled reopening of the fishery in the Bonneville Pool on July 1, 2016. Sturgeon fisheries in adjacent tributaries are also to be closed.
The fishery extension in the Blind Slough/Knappa Slough and Tongue Pt./South Channel Select Areas have resulted in successful fisheries targeting late arriving Select Area spring Chinook. The staff recommendation was to extend the fishery in the Blind Slough/Knappa Slough Select Area by one night, and the Tongue Pt./South Channel Select Area by two nights.
Summer Fact Sheet No. 2 is appended in the form of a PDF file. The subsequent Compact Action Notice is posted as well.