Here is the latest word on the Lower Columbia spring chinook fishery from Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver:
From Feb. 1-March 31, 2013 an estimated 47,145 angler trips have produced 1,519 adult chinook kept (489 lower river and 1,030 upper river based on Visual Stock Identification) and 463 released. Mark (adipose clipped) rate is 76.6 percent.
The 2013 pre-season expectations for the entire season were 6,100 adult Chinook kept (all stocks) from 63,500 angler trips.
Effort, catch, and Catch Per Unit Effort (CPUE, in this case catch per angler) in March are nearly identical to last year.
A Joint State hearing is scheduled via teleconference for 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 3. Fishery under review is ongoing lower river recreational salmon.