Extension OK'd for angler fishing on Columbia River

Tri-City HeraldMay 28, 2014 

Anglers will get two more weeks starting Saturday to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead in waters of the Columbia River stretching more than 160 miles upriver from Bonneville Dam.

Recreational fishing closed in that area May 9, but fishery managers from Washington and Oregon approved an extension through June 15 after transferring a portion of the upriver spring chinook allocation from the ongoing fishery below Bonneville Dam.

That reallocation of 750 harvestable fish will allow anglers to fish for spring chinook above the dam right up until the summer salmon season starts June 16, said Ron Roler, a fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Anglers are limited to one adult hatchery chinook salmon as part of their daily catch limit of two adult fish.

All sockeye salmon must be released, along with wild salmon and wild steelhead identifiable by an intact adipose fin.

The fishing area above Bonneville Dam extends from the Tower Island power lines upriver to the Washington-Oregon state line, 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam.

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