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Upstream chinook fishing opens

State extends chinook fishery above Bonneville Dam to Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco

Sport fishermen got more good news when the Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco opened July 11 to retention of adipose fin-clipped chinook.

The fishery extends through July 31 and affects adipose fin-clipped chinook adults and jacks, the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife announced.

According to fisheries biologists, the summer chinook run has exceeded the escapement goal of 80,000-90,000 fish at Bonneville and is on track to be the largest summer chinook return in 40 years.

Moreover, biologists predict impacts to the listed Snake River component of this run will be less than the management guideline of 1 percent.

The daily bag limit is six fish with of minimum size of 12 inches, but not more than two may be adults. Both adult and jack chinook must have a clipped adipose fin (healed scar at the site).

Sockeye and chum must be released. This area is currently open for hatchery steelhead as well. The Columbia River below Bonneville Dam downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line is currently open to retention of adipose fin-clipped summer chinook through July 31.

The standard fall salmon season will open on Aug. 1 from the mouth of the Columbia upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco.

For information, contact WDFW's Region 5 office at (360) 696-6211.


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