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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Columbia spring chinook return updated, and more sport fishing could occur soon for other fish species

The Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee met yesterday, and updated the Columbia River upriver spring chinook run size.

The springer run size is 165,000 fish through June 6 still nowhere near the prediction of 298,000 set this past winter, but maybe enough to reopen some fisheries.

I talked with Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver, and he pointed out that there could be some additional recreational opportunities possible in the near future.

“Stay tuned,” he said.

One of the possibilities is reopening the Lower Columbia River for summer steelhead, jack chinook and sockeye.

State Fish and Wildlife delayed the Lower Columbia River steelhead fishing opener, which was scheduled to open back on May 16 from the I-5 Bridge downstream until further notice.

The closure was necessary because fisheries managers worried about the incidental catches of a much lower than forecast adult spring chinook return.

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