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May 13, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Lower Columbia River to reopen Thursday through June 15 for spring chinook

3492044878_e2b2d9e8a5 The hatchery spring chinook fishery will reopen for another month beginning Thursday, May 15 in the Lower Columbia River.

The updated in-season run projection is now 224,000 upriver spring Chinook compared to a pre-season forecast of 227,000. That number increased from a projected minimum return of 185,000 upriver fish announced just last week.

The hatchery-marked spring chinook fishery will remain open through June 15 from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam.

The daily limit is two adult salmon or steelhead – or one of each – but no more than one adult hatchery-marked spring chinook. Anglers must release all sockeye salmon and any wild salmon or wild steelhead.

This means that the lower river will remain open until the summer chinook season starts on June 16.

Anglers in the Lower Columbia River have caught 10,084 upriver spring chinook through May 10, when the previous two-day extension ended. The extension through mid-June is projected to boost the annual catch by 3,864.

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