The closure was adopted at the request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which operates Eagle Creek National Fish Hatchery near Estacada. Coho returns to the hatchery are tracking well below brood stock needs for the hatchery.
Â?Based on reports through this week, returns to the hatchery are well below their production goals,Â? said Chris Kern, deputy administrator of ODFWÂ?s fish division. Â?Unfortunately, this action is necessary to aid the situation.Â?
Steelhead fishing in Eagle Creek remains open. Fishing in the Clackamas River is not affected by the rule change.