Anglers will get some extra time to fish for spring chinook in the Columbia River mainstem above Bonneville Dam, and the Lower Columbia boat fishery has been extended from Beacon Rock up to the deadline below Bonneville beginning Saturday, June 8.
Fishing will be open in the mainstem from Bonneville up to the Washington/Oregon state line.
The inseason forecast was upgraded by state Fish and Wildlife early this week to 115,000 upriver chinook compared to an earlier update of 107,500. The preseason forecast was 141,400.
“The increase in the number of chinook salmon moving upriver allows us to make these changes,” Ron Roler, the state Fish and Wildlife Columbia River policy leader said in a news release. “These additional openings provide anglers an opportunity to fish for spring chinook from the mouth all the way upriver to the Washington/Oregon state line.”
One adult hatchery-marked chinook may be kept in a daily limit.
The Columbia River is open through June 15 for spring chinook fishing, and beginning June 16 the daily limit and fishing areas change on the Columbia River when the summer chinook fishery gets under way.
Fisheries managers say some summer chinook up to 30 pounds have already been caught in the Lower Columbia this week between Bonneville and Kalama.
(Photo by Seattle Times staff photographer)