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Spring chinook season to reopen on Lookingglass Creek

June 20, 2012

LA GRANDE, Ore. — Fishery managers announced today that Lookingglass Creek, a tributary to the Grande Ronde River at Palmer Junction, will reopen to fishing for hatchery spring chinook for four days from Friday, June 22 through Monday, June 25.

According to Tim Bailey, ODFW fish biologist in La Grande, anglers did not catch the harvest quota before the previous season closed on June 12.

“The additional four day season will provide anglers one more opportunity while the fish are still returning in good numbers,” he said.

The creek will be open from the Moses Creek Lane Bridge (County Road 42) upstream to the confluence of Jarboe Creek. Anglers may retain two adipose fin-clipped chinook adults and five adipose fin-clipped jacks per day, with two daily limits in possession.  Jack salmon are less than 24 inches in length. Anglers do not need to record jack catch on their combined angling tags, but it is illegal to continue fishing for jack chinook once the adult bag limit is met. Unmarked (wild) fish must be released carefully and unharmed.

The use of bait is not allowed.

"There are bull trout in Lookingglass Creek, and bait fishing could pose a threat to them, so all fishing in the creek is restricted to artificial flies and lures," Bailey said.

The area open to fishing is bordered by private timberlands owned by Forest Capital, which grants public access for fishing. Anglers are reminded to respect private property and picking up trash when leaving.

For more information, contact the ODFW Northeast Region Office in La Grande at (541) 963-2138.

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Contact:

Tim Bailey (541) 962-1829
Jessica Sall (503) 971-6858

 
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