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A good opening weekend for Columbia summer chinook fishery

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on June 20, 2012 at 11:10 am with No Comments »
June 20, 2012 11:10 am

State fish biologist Joe Hymer reported this morning that during the opening weekend (Saturday and Sunday), anglers on the lower Columbia River made 9,700 trips and caught 1,559 adult summer chinook (938 kept and 621 released). Those anglers also caught and kept 820 sockeye and 372 steelhead and released 156 sockeye and 110 steelhead. The best catches were downstream of Longview, Hymer said.

Prior to an update in the run size, the allowable harvest allocation is 3,800 fish for the recreational sport fishery below Bonneville Dam. The impact limit on the Columbia River return of Endangered Species Act-listed sockeye is 1 percent for all non-Indian fisheries (sport and commercial combined).

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