Word has it that the chinook retention sport fishery at the Buoy-10 area on the Lower Columbia River mouth could stay open longer than expected (scheduled to close after Aug. 31).
State fisheries officials are meeting at 3 p.m. today (Aug. 30) to make a decision, and one of the key elements to extend the highly popular chinook fishery is the salmon stock composition.
“I don’t see any problem with the chinook in particular, and we’re slightly over 50 percent of the expected catch for (chinook and coho),” said Pat Pattillo, the head state Fish and Wildlife salmon policy coordinator.
Through Aug. 29, 6,459 chinook and 6,388 hatchery coho have been caught on 42,125 angler trips at Buoy-10.
The sport catches from Aug. 23-29 was 2,867 chinook and 3,812 hatchery coho on 17,083 angler trips.
The preseason catch expectations are 12,500 adult chinook (52 percent of catch allocation) and 11,900 adult hatchery coho (54 percent).
(Photos taken by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter)