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April 9, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Chehalis River to open for spring chinook on May 1

For the first time since 2007, a section of the Chehalis River from the bridge in Aberdeen up to the near the mouth of the Newaukum River will be open May 1 through June 30 for spring chinook fishing.

“This is a fishery that we don’t think will crazy, but does provide extra time on the water,” said Kirt Hughes, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

The forecasted spring chinook return to the Chehalis is 2,334 with a spawning goal of 1,400.

“Our biggest year was in 2001 when our catch card estimates showed recreational alnglers caught 252 fish so it isn’t a big fishery,” said Hughes. “Our catch share this year is 250 fish.”

Anglers often forget that the Chehalis is the second largest river in the state so the open area covers a broad range, and this isn’t a fishery where folks will likely dial in on spring chinook.

It is more or less an added opportunity to catch some excess fish.

Anglers should check the regulation pamphlet for specifics.

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