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Chinook fishing in lower Columbia opens Friday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2010 at 10:28 am with No Comments »
October 14, 2010 10:28 am

The state is opening the Columbia River downstream of the Lewis River for chinook retention. The opening runs from Friday through Dec. 31.

The opening covers the mainstem of the Columbia from the Buoy 10 line upstream to a line from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse, through Red Buoy No. 4, to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said lower river chinook stocks have moved out of the mainstem and there are harvestable numbers of upriver fall chinook available for harvest based on the current run-size projection.

Effective Friday, the entire lower Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam will be open for chinook retention. As per permanent rules, the area from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam will be closed to all salmon angling from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31.

The daily limit is six salmonids of which no more than two may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Anlgers must release all salmon other than chinook and hatchery coho. Any chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.

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