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Washington Opens the Columbia River
to Sockeye Fishing

by Paul Krupin
Tri-City Herald, July 4, 2018

Jarrod Murray of Beaverton displays a sockeye salmon that he caught at the Cascade Locks on July 1. The fish hit a green Geisha Hootchie. (Terry Otto/The Columbian) Oregon and Washington fishery management officials are closing the summer Chinook season four days early below Bonneville Dam because of unexpectedly low numbers of summer returns.

The Joint Staff Report released by the Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife on June 28 says the sockeye run will be more than twice the predicted number, while the summer Chinook run is falling short of the forecasts.

July 1 marked the start of the sockeye season on the Columbia River, the result of a high return of fish at Bonneville Dam. Sockeye fishing will be allowed from the Astoria-Megler bridge upriver to the Oregon/Washington border through July 31.

Washington officials opened sockeye angling from the U.S. 395 bridge in Pasco upstream to Chief Joseph Dam.

Paul Krupin
Washington Opens the Columbia River to Sockeye Fishing
Tri-City Herald, July 4, 2018

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