Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) said poor returns of spring Chinook salmon prompted the agency to close the Trask River Hatchery Hole to all fishing. ODFW said the poor run combined with low flows and potentially elevated water temperatures, leading to the June 13 through Oct. 15 closure.
The Hatchery Hole is a popular section of the Trask River. The closure area extends 200 feet above and 900 feet below the confluence with Gold Creek at Trask Hatchery, approximately six miles southeast of Tillamook.
ODFW said the closure was necessary to protect hatchery brood stock needed to provide the next generation of hatchery spring Chinook, according to Robert Bradley, district fish biologist for the agency’s North Coast Watershed District.
“The hatchery spring Chinook run is reduced this year based on fishery performance and our observations of fish holding in the river, and it appears we may not make brood for the hatchery without the fishing closure,” Bradley said.
Additionally, low flows and potentially warmer temperatures are expected to make for less than ideal holding conditions over the summer. This could reduce survival of salmon prior to spawning in the fall.
For more information about upcoming North Coast fishing seasons, including regulation updates, visit ODFW’s online fishing reports at www.myodfw.com.