The daily bag limit for adult hatchery coho increased to three fish in the mainstem Columbia River from Tongue Point upstream to the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco effective Thursday, Oct. 22.
The rule change was approved Monday by the states of Oregon and Washington at a joint state hearing in response to large returns of coho salmon. The adult coho limit in the area between Buoy 10 and Tongue Point increased to three fish effective Sept. 1.
Under the new rules, anglers will be permitted to retain one additional adult fin-clipped coho in their current daily adult bag limit, which varies by area.
The revised daily adult bag limits (effective Oct. 22) are:
Tongue Point upstream to Warrior Rock: Two adipose fin-clipped steelhead or adipose fin-clipped coho in combination, plus one additional adipose fin-clipped coho. Closed to the retention of chinook salmon.
Warrior Rock upstream to Bonneville Dam: Two adipose fin-clipped steelhead, adipose fin-clipped adult coho, or adult chinook (but only one may be a chinook) in combination, plus one additional adipose fin-clipped coho.
Bonneville Dam upstream to the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco: Two adipose fin-clipped steelhead, coho, or chinook in combination, plus one additional coho. All non adipose fin-clipped coho must be released downstream of the Hood River bridge.
The coho season on the Columbia is expected to continue through the rest of the year.