FISHING — The lower Grande Ronde River will re-open for an additional three days of fishing for spring chinook salmon Saturday through Monday from the Highway 129 Bridge upstream approximately 12 miles to the farthest upstream Oregon/Washington boundary line.
Last week the stretch was opened for a test fishery for the first time in 40 years. Fewer anglers than expected showed up, so Oregon and Washington decided to try again. There’s hatchery fish there and they want them caught!
Anglers will have a daily catch limit of SEVEN hatchery chinook salmon (marked by a clipped adipose fin), only TWO of which can be adult chinook. Anglers must stop fishing for the day when they reach their daily limit of adult hatchery chinook salmon.
In addition, anglers must use barbless hooks no larger than 5/8 inch from point to shank. A night closure also is in effect.
Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily catch limit.
The Grande Ronde River fishery is co-managed by Washington and Oregon under concurrent fishing regulations.
- See all the regulations on WDFW’s fishing rule change webpage.