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Tag: Columbia salmon fishing


A good opening weekend for Columbia summer chinook fishery

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

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Forecast for summer chinook run on Columbia River looks good

Here are some updates on Columbia River fish stocks, released Wednesday by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Upper Columbia summer chinook

The 2012 forecast of 91,200 adults to the Columbia River mouth is 113 percent of the 2011 return of 80,600 adults, and would represent the highest return since at least 1980.

Based on the 2012 forecast, daily counts at Bonneville Dam are expected to average about 2,900 chinook per day from Saturday-June 30 and then steadily decrease to 500 fish per day by the end of July. Passage is typically 50 percent complete by June 28.


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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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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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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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