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Avoid eating Columbia fall chinook with hole punched in tail

David Moershel of Spokane holds a fall chinook he caught while angling with salmon fishing guide Dave Grove on the Columbia River on Sept. 8, 2014. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)
David Moershel of Spokane holds a fall chinook he caught while angling with salmon fishing guide Dave Grove on the Columbia River on Sept. 8, 2014. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

FISHING -- Anglers who catch chinook salmon on the upper Columbia River with a hole punched in the tail fin must release them, according to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The fish, which include wild and hatchery fall chinook, have been sedated with the chemical anesthetic MS-222 during sampling at Priest Rapids Dam. The fish tainted with the chemical are marked with a 1/4-inch diameter hole punch in the upper tail fin.

They may be found from the blue bridge in the Tri-Cities up to Chief Joseph Dam.

The fish will not be safe to eat until three weeks after sedation.

The requirement to release fish with hole punches will continue through Oct. 31.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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