Salmon fishing restricted
on the Columbia River
Oregon fishery managers announced closures to all salmon fishing on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam to protect tule Chinook salmon.
Beginning Saturday, all angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead is closed from Tongue Point to Warrior Rock. Beginning Tuesday, the same rules will go into effect from Warrior Rock upstream to Boneville Dam.
Fishing has been good, according to fishery managers, but fishermen used up available tule Chinook allocations below the dam, leading to the closure.
“Coho and upriver fall Chinook are doing well and are a bright spot for Columbia River runs this year,” Tucker Jones, Columbia River manager for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a statement. “We will monitor and update fish runs, and, if possible, will strive to reopen these areas for salmon fishing as soon as we can.”
Oregon closed Chinook retention in the popular Buoy 10 fishery last week because of impacts on tule Chinook. Coho fishing remains open from Buoy 10 to Tongue Point.
On Thursday, Washington state fishery managers announced further conservation-related restrictions on steelhead fishing amid record low returns to the Columbia River basin.
Jewell School District
reports coronavirus case
The Jewell School District reported that a staff member had tested positive for the coronavirus.
In a post on the school district’s website, Superintendent Steve Phillips said the school conducted contact tracing and notified people who may have to quarantine. Students returned to school for in-person classes on Monday.
Offices close for Labor Day
In observance of Labor Day on Monday, all federal, state, county and city offices and services, including Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside and Cannon Beach city halls, are closed. All U.S. post offices are closed, and there is no mail delivery.
Astoria, Jewell, Knappa, Warrenton/Hammond and Seaside school districts will be closed. Clatsop Community College is also closed.
The Astoria Library, Seaside Library and Warrenton Library will be closed.
The Port of Astoria’s business offices will be closed, but the marina will remain open.
The Astoria Aquatic Center is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Sunset Pool in Seaside will be open from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum, Seaside Museum, Clatsop County Heritage Museum, Oregon Film Museum, Flavel House and Carriage House will be open. The Uppertown Firefighters’ Museum is closed.
The Sunset Empire Transportation District (“The Bus”) will be running.
Lil’ Sprouts is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
— The Astorian