The limit for spring chinook salmon has been increased to two adults per day on the Columbia River until the end of the season June 15.
The larger limit applies to fish caught from the river estuary to the Washington-Oregon state line, which is 17 miles upriver from McNary Dam.
Anglers may keep up to two hatchery chinook salmon or hatchery steelhead or one of each. All wild chinook salmon and steelhead with intact adipose fins must be released.
The new limit was set after the forecast for the number of returning spring chinook salmon was increased from 241,000 in May to 271,000 this month.
As the spring chinook season ends, the summer chinook and sockeye season opens the next day from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Priest Rapids Dam.
The early forecast estimates strong runs of 73,000 summer chinook and 394,000 sockeye this year, which would be the fourth highest sockeye run on record.