As of Wednesday, June 8, 2016
OLYMPIA Anglers fishing the lower Columbia River will be able to catch and keep spring chinook salmon beginning Friday.
It’s made possible by an agreement reached by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.
The fishery below Bonneville Dam will re-open Friday through Sunday, June 15 or until the annual harvest guideline is met.
Ron Roler, Columbia River policy advisor for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the final days of this year’s chinook season were designed to stretch the fishery until mid-June.
“A lot of anglers have asked that we structure the spring chinook season so that it dovetails with the summer fishing season, beginning June 16,” Roler said.
This year’s fishing season is based on a projected return of 180,000 upriver adult spring chinook and an annual guideline of 10,370 fish below Bonneville Dam.
Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily limit of two adult fish.
Fishing for hatchery steelhead will also be open along with the salmon fishery.
Any chinook or steelhead with an intact adipose fin must be released unharmed. All sockeye salmon incepted before June 16 must also be released.
Fishery Managers now anticipate a return of 180,00 upriver spring chinook to the Columbia River this year, down from 188,800 projected prior to the season.
Salmon and steelhead fishing remains closed above Bonneville Dam but re-opens for the summer chinook season June 16 in waters above and below the dam.
For more information on fishing rules go to the state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife website.