Columbia River spring chinook season extended two days

Tacoma News TribuneMay 7, 2014 

A chinook salmon.

STATE DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

The spring chinook salmon sport fishing season on the lower Columbia River will reopen Friday and Saturday, under an agreement reached Tuesday by fishery managers in Washington and Oregon.

Anglers will be allowed to catch and keep one marked, hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily catch limit from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upriver to Rooster Rock.

Bank anglers, but not boat anglers, will be allowed to fish upriver to the deadline below Bonneville Dam.

The adult catch limit also includes up to two marked adult steelhead or a combination of one steelhead and one marked chinook. Only hatchery fish marked with a clipped adipose fin may be retained.

Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the two states will meet early next week to determine if more days of fishing should be allowed.

The decision will be based on updates of the number of spring chinook crossing Bonneville Dam, Roler said.

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