JOHN DAY – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended its unusual spring Chinook salmon fishing season on the upper John Day River.
The fishery will remain open through Sunday, June 15.
“The salmon fishery was scheduled to close June 1 but muddy water from flash-floods persisted during much of the earlier season,” said Jeff Neal, district fish biologist. “Extending the season for another two weeks will give anglers another opportunity to take advantage of this fishery.”
The river is open from the Longview Ranch’s Johnson Creek Division bridge, about 200 feet upstream from the mouth of the North Fork John Day River, upstream 19.5 miles to the mouth of Rattlesnake Creek near the south end of Picture Gorge.
The bag limit is two adult Chinook salmon and five jack salmon per day; it is unlawful to continue fishing for jacks after taking a daily bag limit of two adult Chinook salmon.
Anglers must have a fishing license including a Columbia River Endorsement and a combined angling tag.
ODFW will offer angler information and collect data at a check station near Picture Gorge. The station will be open during randomly selected days throughout the fishery. All anglers are encouraged to check in after fishing.