Higher Spring Chinook Salmon Counts Lead to
by Bill Monroe
Bolstered by an optimistic spring chinook run update on the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington fisheries managers approved more sport fishing time Tuesday afternoon.
Anglers downriver from Bonneville Dam (to Tongue Point) can fish from Friday through Sunday, then get to fish two weeks, June 1-15, before summer chinook fishing opens June 16.
From Bonneville Dam to the Oregon/Washington border, anglers can fish Saturday and Sunday, and again May 29 and 30.
The daily bag limit allows only a single hatchery chinook river-wide.
The news isn't quite as good for hatchery summer steelhead anglers, faced with the lowest count-to-date of summer steelhead since Bonneville was constructed.
Accordingly, biologists cut the daily bag limit from two fish to one, beginning Friday, between Tongue Point and the Interstate 5 Bridge.
Anglers in open areas can keep two fish daily, but only one can be a hatchery chinook and one a hatchery steelhead.
Spring chinook numbers at the dam are similar to last year's so far and the run to the river's mouth was upgraded enough to allow another 2,647 to be caught below Bonneville and 270 upriver from the dam.
Biologists said they'll meet again next Tuesday afternoon to consider more fishing time on Memorial Day weekend.
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