The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife today announced an
emergency closure of the spring chinook fishery on the Imnaha River
effective at sundown on Saturday, July 23. The Wallowa River will
continue to be open until further notice.
The closure comes because the chinook quota is close to being
met after high harvest rates last weekend.
“With favorable river levels and the increased bag limit, we
observed some of the best fishing in more than thirty years” said
Jeff Yanke, ODFW district fish biologist.
Biologists had implemented a four adult bag limit on July 8
because high water levels had reduced fishing opportunities earlier
in the season and larger-than-expected returns were forecast for
“We typically prefer to give more notice when closing these
popular fisheries, and we apologize for any inconvenience,” said
Yanke. “Thanks to the cooperation of the Nez Perce Tribe, we were
able to identify more fish for harvest and that allowed us to keep
the fishery open through Saturday.”
With the Saturday shut down of the Imnaha, Yanke said he expects
fishing effort to shift to the nearby Wallowa River, which remains
open for spring chinook.