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Oregon/Washington: parts of Columbia River re-open to salmon fishing

In a fishing season plagued by high flows and cold water
temperatures, Columbia River fishery managers have announced a
fourth continuation of the popular spring chinook fishery.

Below Bonneville Dam, the river from the Beacon Rock line
upstream to the fishing deadline at Bonneville Dam will open to
boat fishing on Friday, May 27 through Wednesday, June 15, 2011.
Previously, this area has been open to bank fishing only.

Above Bonneville Dam, the river between Bonneville Dam and the
Oregon/Washington border will be open from Saturday, May 28 through
Thursday, June 2, 2011.

According to Chris Kern, assistant manager of ODFW’s Columbia
River Fisheries program, managers estimate there are 2,700 upriver
spring chinook remaining in the lower river recreational harvest
quota.

Due to poor fishing conditions in the lower river, managers
don’t expect the entire harvest quota to be met, Kern said.
Therefore, they have assigned some of the available fish to the
fisheries above Bonneville, where anglers have already exceeded the
original quota for those areas.

Anglers above and below Bonneville will be allowed to retain
sockeye, adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped
steelhead. The daily bag limit is two adult salmon or steelhead in
combination, and an additional five fin-clipped jack chinook.
Downstream of Bonneville Dam, the daily bag limit can only include
one adult chinook. Sockeye salmon count towards the adult limit
regardless of size.

 

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