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Chinook fishing above Bonneville Dam closes Sunday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 7, 2010 at 4:24 pm with No Comments »
May 7, 2010 4:24 pm

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced Sunday will be the last day to fish for spring chinook and steelhead between Bonneville and McNary dams.

The large numbers of spring chinook already caught combined with uncertainty surrounding the upriver run size has prompted Washington and Oregon salmon managers to take action to close the fishery before the scheduled May 31 ending date. An estimated 3,400 chinook will have been caught in this area by Sunday.

Fish managers Monday reduced the upriver run size to between 310,000 and 370,000 spring chinook. The initial preseason forecast called for a run of 470,000 fish.

The closure covers the river from the Tower Island power lines in the Bonneville Pool upstream to McNary Dam, plus the Washington bank between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.

The hatchery summer chinook and hatchery steelhead season above Bonneville Dam is scheduled to start as scheduled on June 16.

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