Spring chinook seasons set for lower Columbia Gorge

first_imgThe fishing seasons were set on Wednesday, but the waiting continues — another six weeks or so — until a projected 308,000 spring chinook salmon enter the Columbia River and head upstream to an angling armada.“The forecast is improved from last year and at this point it appears the river flow will be good for sport fishing in March and April,” said Guy Norman, regional director the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.Fishing already is open downstream of Interstate 5. On Wednesday, Washington and Oregon adopted a season of March 1 through April 7 from I-5 to Beacon Rock for boaters and upstream to Bonneville Dam for bank anglers.The daily limit is two hatchery steelhead or one hatchery spring chinook and one hatchery steelhead.Two Tuesdays — March 25 and April 1 — will be closed to allow for commercial fishing on the lower Columbia without a clash between the sport and net fleets.The closure date is an estimate of when the catch allocation will be reached. Angling could end sooner or be extended.Returns of 81,000 spring chinook to tributaries downstream of Bonneville Dam and 227,000 to waters upstream of the dam are forecast for 2014, biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife told the Columbia River Compact on Wednesday.last_img read more

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