The Buoy 10 chinook fishery will close tonight as scheduled, even though anglers have caught only about half as many fish as expected.
Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon decided against extending the season because the portion of the catch from lower-river stocks has actually exceeded preseason estimates.
Both states had hoped to extend the chinook fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River through Labor Day, but doing so may have reduced the number of fish available for harvest farther upriver, Bill Tweit, Columbia River policy leader for the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, said in a news release.
“The total catch of chinook was just one consideration in whether to extend the fishery,” Tweit said in the release. “The final decision rested on how an extension would affect ongoing sport fisheries upstream of Buoy 10.”
Although the chinook fishery ends tonight below Rocky Point, anglers can still catch and keep two hatchery-reared coho, steelhead, or one of each in the lower 16 miles of the Columbia River.
Upriver from Rocky Point, anglers can keep one chinook salmon as part of their daily limit on the Columbia River to the U.S. 395 bridge in Pasco.
For more information on fishing seasons in Washington, see WDFW’s Fishing in Washington rules pamphlet, available online.