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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

A new fall chinook fishery will occur in Lower Columbia starting Sept. 16

A new pilot hatchery-mark selective fall chinook fishery in the Lower Columbia mainstem from the Lewis River downstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line will be open Monday, Sept. 10 through Sunday, Sept. 16.

The open area includes the Lower Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to a line projected from the Warrior Rock Lighthouse, through Red Buoy #4 to the orange marker atop the dolphin on the Washington shore.

The daily limit is salmon, and no more than two may be adult salmon or steelhead, or one of each. Only one may be an adult chinook. Release all salmon other than hatchery chinook and hatchery coho. The minimum length for salmon is 12 inches.

Normally fishing for fall chinook is closed after Sept. 9, but the Endangered Species Act impacts set aside for this retention period remain available and are not used in prior fisheries.

The Lewis River North Fork fall wild chinook forecast is 16,200 with a spawning escapement goal of 5,700. State Fish and Wildlife says the opening would give up a catch of about 3,900 chinook.

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