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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 26, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Latest salmon and steelhead catch figures in the Lower Columbia River

Here is the latest salmon and steelhead catches in the Lower Columbia River reported by state Fish and Wildlife:

Last week on the Lower Columbia, anglers made 16,200 trips and caught 2,013 adult summer chinook (1,193 kept and 820 released) 2,370 sockeye (2,187 kept and 183 released) and 1,303 summer steelhead (942 kept and 361 released).

From June 16-24, there have been nearly 26,000 angler trips with 2,125 adult chinook kept and 1,439 released. From May 16-June 24, there have been just over 3,000 sockeye kept and 339 released.

Prior to the run size update, the allowable harvest allocation is 3,800 fish for the recreational sport fishery below Bonneville Dam. The impact limit on the Columbia River return of ESA-listed sockeye is 1-percent for all non-Indian fisheries (sport and commercial combined).

The sport fishery below Bonneville Dam is schedule to be open for hatchery adult chinook and sockeye retention through July 1.

However, the Technical Advisory Committee met yesterday morning and determined the summer Chinook run was not tracking to meet the pre-season forecast. A Compact/Joint State Hearing is scheduled for Thursday June 28.

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