Starting today, Columbia River anglers, fishing upstream from the mouth of the Lewis River to Bonneville Dam, can keep two adult chinook salmon as part of their salmon limit.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife made the announcement yesterday.
The increase is effective through Dec. 31. The area included runs from a line projected from a boundary marker on the lower end of Bachelor Island across to the Warrior Rock Lighthouse upstream to the dam, according to a department news release.
The daily limit is six salmon of which no more than two may be adults. Anglers still must release wild coho, sockeye and chum.
The change was made because the upriver bright run size has been upgraded resulting in increased harvestable numbers of chinook available under the Endangered Species Act guidelines, the release said.