Better than expected returns of Chinook salmon to the Columbia River prompted fishery managers from Oregon and Washington to reopen salmon season below Bonneville Dam on May 15.
“For the first time since 2007, we have a run update that is going to let us open a late-spring Chinook season,” said Chris Kern, assistant manger of ODFW’s Columbia River Fisheries Program. “This also allows us to get an early start on fishing for summer steelhead between the I-5 Bridge and Bonneville. That area doesn’t usually open until June 16.”
The daily bag limit will be two adult salmon/steelhead in combination, of which only one may be an adult chinook. Chinook salmon and steelhead must be adipose fin-clipped to be retained; the fin clip requirement does not apply to sockeye. Fishing from boats will be allowed from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line near Astoria upstream to Beacon Rock, approximately five miles downstream from Bonneville Dam. Bank fishing will be permitted all the way up to Bonneville Dam.
Above Bonneville, the season remains closed but the agencies will be reviewing the opportunity to provide additional fishing in these areas pending future run updates later in May.
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