ENTERPRISE, Ore. — The upper Snake River has been opened to salmon fishing, the first of several chinook fisheries expected to open this spring in northeast Oregon.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says the daily bag limit is four adipose fin-clipped spring chinook salmon, no more than two can be an adult salmon more than 24-inches long. Only barbless hooks may be used.
Jeff Yanke, a fish biologist based in Enterprise, says the agency is also planning for fisheries in Lookingglass Creek and the Wallowa and Imnaha rivers.
Oregon and Washington managers also will consider opening the lower Grande Ronde River for the second time in recent history.
Setting salmon season in northeast Oregon has been helped by the use of real-time detections of fish as they make their way up the Columbia and Snake rivers.
Electronic tags in the fish and corresponding tag readers at the dam allow managers to track the final destination of migrating adult salmon.