Chinook and coho salmon fishing opportunities in the Mid-Columbia increased earlier this month when the state Department of Fish and Wildlife increased a chinook limit and opened additional coho fishing areas.
Beginning today and running through Nov. 30, chinook anglers will be allowed six marked or unmarked chinook, three of which can be adults, from Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam. The minimum size is 12 inches and a night closure is in effect.
More than 80,000 chinook salmon have returned above Priest Rapids Dam. The Department of Fish and Wildlife has modified the daily limit and opened additional fishing areas to remove excess hatchery fall chinook from the Upper Columbia River Basin.
Also starting today and lasting through Nov. 30, coho anglers will be able to fish the Columbia River from Priest Rapids Dam to 400 feet below Chief Joseph Dam, including areas of the Wenatchee, Icicle and Methow rivers. The daily limit is two coho at least 12 inches long. Night closures are in effect for all coho fisheries.
An estimated 30,000 or more coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this year above Priest Rapids Dam. The number of coho exceeds spawning escapement and hatchery broodstock needs.