Chinook season cut short on Umatilla River

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — State officials have cut short the chinook salmon season on the Umatilla River in eastern Oregon because fish numbers fell below estimates.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife said Tuesday the season was supposed to continue into June but will end instead at midnight Wednesday.

The agency says fewer chinook than expected have gone past Bonneville Dam. It said other factors included low river flows, high water temperatures and increased irrigation demands on the Umatilla River.

The closure applies to the river from the Highway 730 bridge upstream to the boundary of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.