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Spring chinook, steelhead fishing to reopen on lower Columbia River

Fish managers expect the third-biggest run of spring chinook since 1977 to run through Columbia River dams, past viewing rooms, with a hefty portion headed for angler creels. (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Fish managers expect the third-biggest run of spring chinook since 1977 to run through Columbia River dams, past viewing rooms, with a hefty portion headed for angler creels. (File Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)

 

FISHING — The sport fishery for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Saturday (May 25) on the lower Columbia River as fish mangers get a better bead on the run and more fish become available in the season quota.

The fishery is scheduled to run through June 15 from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line near the mouth of the river to the deadline below Bonneville Dam under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon. For boat anglers, the upriver boundary is Beacon Rock.

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

Read on for more details.

 

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

“We know a lot of anglers have been waiting for this opportunity,” said Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “Now that we have a better idea of this year’s run size, more spring chinook have become available for harvest.”

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




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