LA GRANDE — Spring Chinook fishing on the Snake, Wallowa, and Imnaha Rivers and Lookingglass Creek in northeast Oregon will remain closed in 2019 due to low returns.

As updated run size estimates are available, an opening of a season may be considered on Lookingglass Creek.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) fisheries managers in Northeast Oregon are again faced with low returns of upriver spring Chinook to popular fishing locations. 

The 2019 forecasts were for just 99,330 fish to pass Bonneville Dam on their way to their spawning tributaries, half of the 10-year average of 198,200 fish.

While ODFW makes every effort to offer opportunities to fish for these prized salmon, protecting wild stocks and meeting hatchery broodstock needs are a priority.

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