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April 5, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Less than half of expected spring chinook catch achieved in Lower Columbia River sport fishery

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Here are the final numbers from the Lower Columbia River spring chinook sport fishery, which closed yesterday (April 4).

Through Monday, April 4, there have been an estimated 82,340 angler trips with 4,510 adult spring chinook kept and 1,333 released.

Of that 3,538 (78-percent) of the spring chinook kept were of upriver origin based upon Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

Slightly less than half of the 7,750 upriver catch guideline has been taken. There were also 590 steelhead kept and 437 released.

Preseason expectations were – Total angler trips = 85,300. Expected kept catch = 10,100 fish (all stocks).

Will it reopen?

Stay tuned. A Columbia River Joint State Hearing has been scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. The states will review the Lower Columbia River sport spring chinook fishery.

(Photo taken by Seattle Times staff)

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