Smelt Run

Mar 23, 2013 Comments Off on Smelt Run by

March 23, 2013

Pacific smelt typically spend three to five years in saltwater from Northern California to Alaska before returning to freshwater to spawn from late winter through midspring. In the portion of the species’ range that lies south of the U.S.–Canadian border — the population addressed by the endangered species listing — most smelt originate in the Columbia River basin. Direct fishing for smelt has dropped substantially. Smelt caught by commercial fishermen in the Columbia and its tributaries hit a high of roughly 62 million in 1945, NOAA estimates. The 2009 count was about 200,000 fish, In late 2010, Oregon and Washington closed smelt fisheries. [ More Here ]


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Corbett Oregon is located between the Sandy River and Crown Point on the Columbia River Historic Highway. We are at the mouth of the beautiful Columbia River Gorge twenty miles east of Portland on the way to Hood River.
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