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Tag: Bonneville Dam


Columbia spring chinook, steelhead fishery reopens Saturday

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

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Fishing: Good reports for trout and halibut

The return of spring chinook jacks counted at Bonneville Dam is on a near-record pace. Through May 9, a total of 18,032 spring chinook jacks had been counted at the dam. The record, since at least 1960, was 18,119 fish in 2009. That year, nearly 82,000 jacks were counted through June 15, the end of the spring chinook count at the dam, said Joe Hymer with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.


American: The trout fishing has been good. People are fishing down 15 feet with a worm and a bobber or trolling with some sort of flasher

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Monday sockeye count at Bonneville Dam sets record

The record sockeye run predicted for the Columbia River seems to be coming to fruition. On Sunday, a record 38,756 sockeye were counted at Bonneville Dam, smashing the previous record of 30,690 fish on June 24, 2010.

A record 462,000 sockeye are forecast to pass through the mouth of the Columbia this year. Of those, 431,300 fish are expected to be headed to the Okanogan River.

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Record steelhead count at Bonneville Dam

The steelhead count at Bonneville Dam continues to set records. The 54,357 steelhead counted at through Wednesday is a new record, said state fish biologist Joe Hymer. The previous record was 50,361 fish in 2001.

Another interesting fact about this year’s steelhead count to date is 24,622 (45 percent) have been wild based upon observations of presence/absence of adipose fins of fish passing the counter windows, Hymer said.


Chinook fishing above Bonneville Dam closes Sunday

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced Sunday will be the last day to fish for spring chinook and steelhead between Bonneville and McNary dams.

The large numbers of spring chinook already caught combined with uncertainty surrounding the upriver run size has prompted Washington and Oregon salmon managers to take action to close the fishery before the scheduled May 31 ending date. An estimated 3,400 chinook will have been caught in this area by Sunday.

Fish managers Monday reduced the upriver run size to between 310,000 and 370,000 spring chinook. The initial preseason forecast called for

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