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Tag: Columbia chinook


First chinook of season passes through Bonneville Dam


The first chinook of the season have passed through Bonneville Dam.

According to staffers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, an adult chinook went through the video/viewing area just before 2 p.m. on Jan. 25. Seconds later a jack chinook swam past the window.

That is one day earlier than the first chinook came through in 2011.

The debate among Fish and Wildlife staffers is whether the fish are fall chinook or springers. Both fish were unclipped and bright, and both had white chins, but a number of people believe they are not

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Spring chinook fishery on Columbia extended

Columbia River anglers will get at least eight more days to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon below Bonneville Dam, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon announced earlier today.

The fishery, which closed for a catch assessment Monday, will reopen Friday and run through April 15. Fishery managers will meet again April 14 to determine whether to allow additional fishing time.

Here is the rest of the news release:

The eight-day extension will give anglers another chance to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook still available for harvest, said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish

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