ODFW will not be opening the Snake River for adult spring Chinook salmon below Hells Canyon Dam in 2019.

ODFW and Idaho Fish and Game fishery managers, who co-manage the Hells Canyon sport fishery, were unable to release juveniles below Hells Canyon Dam in 2017 due to excessive dissolved gas levels; these fish were instead released at Rapid River in Idaho. 

The lack of these returning fish combined with poor overall returns will preclude fishing for adult spring Chinook in Hells Canyon during 2019. Limited fishing opportunity for jacks may occur as run estimates are revised.

Season changes and closures announcements will be posted on website myodfw.com/recreation-report/fishing-report/columbia-zone and released through local news outlets.

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