Pilot spring Chinook fishery opens on lower Grande Ronde River
ENTERPRISE — For the first time in almost 40 years, anglers will have a chance to fish for spring Chinook on the Grande Ronde River this weekend.
Fisheries Biologist Jeff Yanke said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is testing the feasibility of a spring Chinook fishery in the lower Grande Ronde River to increase the harvest of hatchery fish destined for the Lostine River. The purpose of this year’s short season is to get an initial measure of angler participation and catch rates.
“This allows us to dip our feet in the water carefully,” Yanke said.
He said biologists are interested in collecting data to monitor angler success and determine if fishing for Lostine fish as far out as Troy will work to manage the hatchery population.
Yanke said they are expecting 500 Lostine fish over Lower Granite Dam (on the Snake River). Only 50 to 100 have made it past the mouth of the Lostine River.
For more see Wednesday's La Grande Observer.