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Columbia spring chinook, steelhead fishery reopens Saturday

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on May 22, 2013 at 10:21 am with No Comments »
May 22, 2013 10:21 am

Fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Saturday on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached earlier today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

The fishery, scheduled to run through June 15, will be on the river from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line near the mouth of the river to the deadline below Bonneville Dam. For boat anglers, the upriver boundary is Beacon Rock.

Anglers may retain one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit.

Barbless hooks are required. All chinook salmon and steelhead not marked with a clipped adipose fin must be released. Sockeye salmon also must be released.

The fishery was closed April 13, after anglers had taken 3,539 upriver chinook. Although the size of the run was later reduced to 107,500 fish, fishery managers said 1,357 upriver chinook are still available for the recreational fishery.

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