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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Lower Columbia reopens Saturday for spring chinook fishing

fishin12State fisheries officials met Wednesday and decided to reopen hatchery spring chinook fishing this Saturday on the Lower Columbia River from Buoy-10 upriver to Rooster Rock.

Fishing would also be open for bank angling only from Rooster Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

The legal upstream boat boundary defined as: “a line projected from Rooster Rock on the Oregon shore true north to the Washington shore.”

The Lower Columbia fishery ended on a high note last week with anglers making 31,572 trips and catching 8,150 adult chinook (6,537 kept and 1,613 released). Based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI), upriver fish comprised 85 percent of the kept catch.

From March 1-April 14, an estimated 73,900 angler trips have produced 9,358 chinook kept and 2,261 released. Just under 7,700 of the fish kept were upriver stock based on VSI.

That leaves 2,275 upriver fish left for the sport anglers to catch in an allocation of 10,157 upriver bound fish.

So far through April 15, 7,727 adult spring chinook have passed above Bonneville Dam. On average about 3 percent of the run is completed by April 15, and the 50 percent passage date is May 7, but ranges from April 27 to May 12.

Fisheries officials say it is too early in the run to make any updated conclusions on an in-season run-size.

State fisheries surveyors reported good fishing in the lower river with lots of angler pressure and lots of fish caught right up until it closed on Monday.

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