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Sockeye salmon season opens

As the dust fully settles at the Buckeroo grounds, and the Fourth of July celebrations fade from mind, it’s time to relax into long days of sunny summer.

And go fishing.

There are many spots on the Molalla River and several different varieties of fish to be caught, but if you’re looking to get a little further from home, head to the Columbia River before July 31 for sockeye salmon fishing, which just re-opened last week below the Bonneville Dam. So dust off your poles and dig out your tackle.

The details on sockeye salmon

• Open now through Wednesday, July 31.

• From the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.

• Daily bag limit is two adult sockeye/ adipose fin-clipped steelhead in combination. Sockeye count toward the adult bag limit regardless of size.

• Retention of adult chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit for adipose fin-clipped jack chinook remains five.

Fishing the Molalla River

(Information provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.)

Open up to Turner Creek Bridge year round for adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon, adipose fin-clipped steelhead and coho.

Open for non-adipose fin-clipped steelhead until Aug. 31.

Open for catch-and-release fishing for trout. All unmarked trout in the Molalla basin must be released unharmed.

The exceptions to this rule are Silver Creek above Silverton Reservoir, Abiqua Creek above Abiqua Falls, and Butte Creek above Butte Creek Falls, which opened April 27, and where the retention of two trout per day, 8-inch minimum length is allowed.

There is no limit on size or number of bass taken.

(Consult the 2013 fishing regulations for more information on the use of artificial flies and lures per Zone Regulations.)



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