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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Fishery managers to meet Thursday to see if more spring chinook fishing is possible in Lower Columbia

The Columbia River Technical Advisory Committee will make a decision Thursday on when the Lower Columbia River might or not reopen for spring chinook.

“Still crunching numbers for spring chinook, and there is a joint hearing planned (Thursday) to discuss fishing on the Lower Columbia,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “There is lots of stuff going on, but nothing firm yet.”

The early word indicates the spring chinook fishery would coincide when it opens for steelhead, sockeye and shad from the Rocky Point-Tongue Point to below Bonneville Dam on May 16.

The fish counts at Bonneville Dam were 9,255 adult spring chinook on May 9, and 9,754 on May 10. That brings the yearly total to 125,545.

Hymer says spring chinook fishing was good in the Wind River on Tuesday and boat anglers did really well although it has been really crowded.

Other places where it has been good for spring chinook is the Lower Cowlitz, and fair in the Lewis and Kalama.

Drano Lake is closed today, but has been pretty good the last couple of days for spring chinook.

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