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Fishing for spring chinook on lower Columbia reopens Saturday and Sunday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 24, 2012 at 9:43 am |
May 24, 2012 9:47 am

Sport anglers will be able to fish a portion of the lower Columbia River for spring chinook salmon Saturday and Sunday.

Chinook salmon (WDFW)

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed Wednesday to reopen the fishery for two days to boat and bank anglers from Buoy 10 to Beacon Rock. Bank anglers also will be allowed to fish from Beacon Rock upriver to the deadline at Bonneville Dam.

The daily limit is two adult hatchery salmon, two hatchery steelhead or one of each. However, anglers may retain only one chinook salmon as part of their daily limit. All wild salmon or steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be released.

Anglers are expected to catch about 825 hatchery-reared spring chinook, including 715 from upriver stock, during the two-day opening, said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. The spring chinook fishery below Bonneville Dam has been closed since April 13.

“There’s a chance we’ll be able to open the fishery for some additional days after this weekend, but that all depends on next week’s run update,” LeFleur said in a news release.

The current projection of spring chinook headed upriver beyond Bonneville Dam is 216,500 fish. Fishery managers will meet Tuesday to determine whether that projection is still on track.

LeFleur noted that the catch allocation above Bonneville Dam in the Columbia and Snake rivers has been met, so additional fishing opportunity is limited to the lower Columbia River.

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