Restrictions possible: Oregon steelhead returns expected to be very low this summer
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is expecting very low summer returns of steelhead to the Columbia and Snake rivers.
The East Oregonian reports the low returns could mean restrictions are coming for Northwest anglers.
The department's Columbia River program manager Tucker Jones says the agency is predicting a total run of 131,000 steelhead. He says this number is partially due to the 2015 drought and warm water "blob" over the Pacific Ocean.
Fisheries managers are considering a plan that would close steelhead retention downstream of The Dalles Dam during the entire month of August; between The Dalles and John Day dams during the month of September; and from John Day Dam to the Oregon-Washington border during October and November.
Information from: East Oregonian