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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 29, 2015 at 1:50 PM

Spring chinook seasons set for the Columbia River in anticipation of another big return of more than 300,000 fish

3492044878_e2b2d9e8a5The Columbia River spring chinook fishing seasons were decided in a joint meeting by Washington and Oregon fishery managers on Wednesday.

The Lower Columbia River up to Bonneville Dam is open sport fishing from March 1 to April 10; and closed for commercial fishing on March 24, March 31 and April 7.

When fishing opens on the lower river March 1, the fishery for boat and bank anglers will expand upriver to Beacon Rock, and bank fishing also allowed from Beacon Rock upriver to the fishing boundary just below Bonneville Dam.

The Columbia River from above Bonneville to the Washington-Oregon border upstream 17 miles above McNary Dam would be open from March 16 through May 6. Bank anglers can also fish from Bonneville up to the Tower Island powerlines during this time frame.

The daily limit will be one hatchery-marked chinook (those with a missing adipose fin) in all open sections. Barbless hooks are required, and wild unmarked salmon and steelhead must be released.

The lower river is currently open for hatchery spring chinook below the I-5 Bridge.

 

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