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Tag: Columbia River spring chinook

May
24th

Fishing for spring chinook on lower Columbia reopens Saturday and Sunday

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

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

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April
12th

Columbia spring chinook fishery extended to April 22

It is good news for anglers, just not for the right reasons.

Washington and Oregon fishery managers have extended the sport fishery for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River through April 22 to allow anglers to catch more hatchery-reared fish available for harvest.

The eight-day extension was OK’d based on catch reports that show current harvest levels remain well below expectations. The fishery was initially scheduled to close at the end of the day Friday.

During the extended period, the sport fishery will be closed Tuesday, April 17, to accommodate a possible commercial fishery.

Cindy Le Fleur, Columbia

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April
5th

Spring chinook fishing on Columbia extended to April 13

The state a short time ago announced the sport fishery for spring chinook salmon on the lower Columbia River has been extended through April 13.

Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today approved the six-day extension, based on catch reports that show current harvest levels are well below expectations. The fishery was initially scheduled to close at the end of the day on Friday.

During the extended fishing period, the sport fishery will be closed Tuesday, to accommodate a one-day opening for commercial fishing.

Fishery managers will meet again April 12 to determine whether to allow additional fishing.

With the

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Jan.
31st

First chinook of season passes through Bonneville Dam


UPDATED 3:12 P.M.

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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June
2nd

Spring chinook fishing extended above Bonneville Dam

Sport fishing for hatchery spring chinook salmon has been extended through June 15 on a section of the Columbia River stretching 163.5 miles above Bonneville Dam.

Previously set to close Tuesday, the fishery was extended by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon, who Wednesday agreed that enough fish are still available under the catch limit to allow anglers to keep fishing until the summer chinook salmon season starts June 16.

The popular spring chinook fishery was already scheduled to run through June 15 below Bonneville Dam.

“We’re pleased that we can keep these fisheries open right up

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April
15th

Columbia River spring chinook season extended another four days

Columbia River anglers will get four more days to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon below Bonneville Dam.

Realizing tough fishing conditions have held this year’s catch below expected levels since late last month, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon agreed Thursday to extend the season through April 19.

This extension follows an eight-day extension previously approved that runs through today.

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Jan.
27th

First Columbia River spring chinook caught

That cheer you might be hearing from the Columbia River is the reaction to the news that the first spring chinook are showing up.

Joe Hymer, a state Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist, said two springers have been caught this week.

The first fish was caught in Zone 2, between the Pacific-Wahkiakum county line and Wahkiakum-Cowlitz county line. The 18-pound fish, a lower river stock spring chinook, was caught during the commercial white sturgeon fishery, but regulations allow adipose fin clipped salmon to be sold. The salmon sold for $16 a pound, Hymer said.

The second spring

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