WAHKIAKUM COUNTY — Deep River in Western Wahkiakum County will reopen for hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho retention starting Sept. 24, until further notice.
“Due to the previous run-size downgrade it was determined that allowable impacts on upper river bright (URB) Chinook salmon listed under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) have been exceeded,” Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a press release. “However, Deep River has very little impact on URB stocks, and historically the risk of further impacts to URB stocks is near-zero by late September.”
The daily limit is six salmon; up to two adults may be retained. Minimum size is 12 inches. All salmon other that hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho must be released.
Oregon will resume salmon fisheries in Youngs Bay and Blind/Knappa slough. Columbia River and tributary salmon runs will continue to be monitored as the season progresses.