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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Lower Columbia River spring chinook fishery extended until April 17

The Lower Columbia River sport hatchery spring chinook fishery will now remain open through April 22.

Fishing was supposed to close after this Friday (April 13), but catch rates have very slow due to poor water conditions.

The sport fishery will be closed on April 17 to allow a possible commercial gill-net fishery.

Sport anglers in the lower river are expected to catch about 2,837 fish by Friday, which falls well under the 14,500 allowable catch ceiling. Of that only 1,908 are tabulated toward the 12,700 catch guideline of upriver spring chinook.

The forecast calls for 314,200 upriver spring chinook.

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