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October 14, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Lower Columbia River reopens for chinook retention

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The Lower Columbia River has reopened for chinook retention fishing, but don’t expect them to be in good numbers like they were a month ago.

“It is more an incidental catch for chinook when fishing for coho and steelhead, and your best odds are catching a coho right now,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

“The best place to fish is around Bonneville,” Hymer said. “There is a late stock of chinook headed to the Cowlitz and Lewis, and so there is a possibility to catch one.”

The lower river areas open for chinook retention are the mainstem from Buoy 10 up to a line from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse, through Red Buoy Number 4, to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shoreline.

The daily limit is six salmon of which no more than two may be adult salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Release all salmon other than chinook and hatchery coho. Any chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.

(Photo taken by Steve Ringman, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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