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July 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Lower Columbia River reopens for adult hatchery kings Thursday to Sunday only

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The Lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam will reopen for hatchery adult chinook from Thursday, July 3 to Sunday, July 6 only, and then it will be open sockeye from Thursday, July 3 through July 31.

“The (Bonneville Dam fish counts) are still up to a couple thousand daily, and fishing was still decent last week although we are well past the taild end of the run,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “There are still fish around to catch.”

The Lower Columbia daily limit will be six fish and no more than two may be adult fish, either sockeye or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Anglers may also keep hatchery chinook jack, but release adult chinook beginning July 7.

Fall chinook fishing in the Lower Columbia River reopens on Aug. 1 including the Buoy 10 area.

During June 23-30, anglers on the lower Columbia made 14,972 trips and caught 2,028 adult Chinook (994 kept and 1,034 released) 1,463 summer steelhead (1,018 kept and 445 released) and 524 sockeye (443 kept and 81 released – see attachedand below.

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