Washington/Oregon: Spring chinook fishery extended until June 15 above Bonneville Dam

The sport fishery for hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon has
been extended through June 15 on a section of the Columbia River
stretching 163.5 miles above Bonneville Dam.

Previously set to close June 3, the spring chinook fishery was
extended by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon, who today
agreed that enough fish are still available under the catch limit
to allow anglers to keep fishing until the summer chinook salmon
season starts June 16.

The popular spring chinook fishery was already scheduled to run
through June 15 below Bonneville Dam.

“We’re pleased that we can keep these fisheries open right up to
the end of the season,” said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy
coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
(WDFW). “Fishing conditions due to high water levels haven’t been
ideal this season and this extension should give anglers a chance
to make up for lost time.”

Today’s action allows boat and bank anglers to continue fishing
above Bonneville Dam from the Tower Island power lines upriver to
the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam.
Bank fishing is also allowed from Bonneville Dam upriver to the
power lines, located six miles below The Dalles Dam.

Anglers can retain up to two hatchery adult chinook salmon,
marked with a clipped adipose fin, as part of their daily catch
limit. Sockeye salmon and hatchery-reared steelhead also count
toward anglers’ adult daily limit. All unmarked chinook and
steelhead must be released unharmed.

 

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