As of Friday, September 7, 2018
The combination of cooling water temperatures in the Columbia River and a river-wide steelhead retention closure have allowed managers to re-open fishing in the closed area adjacent to the mouth of the Deschutes River effective Thursday, Sept. 6.
The Columbia River section outside the Deschutes mouth had been closed to angling since Aug. 9 to protect wild summer steelhead using the cooler water provided by this tributary.
The area is a popular Chinook salmon fishing area. “The additional protections provided by the river-wide retention closure allows us to open this popular Chinook salmon fishing area. That being said, if an angler does happen to catch a steelhead while fishing for something else, it is critical that they do their utmost to ensure its survival by using best fishing practices,” said Tucker Jones, manager of ODFW’s Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program.
Current steelhead retention closures remain in effect and are expected to continue through the end of the year.
Details online at ODFW’s Columbia River Zone online.