The sport spring chinook fishery ends today (April 4) in the Lower Columbia River, and it fizzled out without much fanfare.
“It was slow, and water level came way up to almost 400,000 (cubic feet per second),” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver. “There was little pockets of fish caught, and boats anchored up caught a few fish and the bankies caught a few too.”
The commercial test fishery over the week made 18 drifts and got 78 spring chinook and 10 steelhead. Hymer says two-thirds of the catch were upriver spring chinook.
The state compact meeting also decided today that the commercial fishing fleet in the lower river will go back in on Wednesday (April 6) from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
“The newest wrinkle (in the upcoming commercial fishery) is after they catch their first six hatchery spring chinook you’re done fishing,” Hymer said.