Chinook Fishing Season Extended

bonneville_shad_006__2_CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Recreational Chinook salmon fishermen will get an additional three weeks of fishing on the main stem Columbia river downstream of Bonneville Dam under rules adopted by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

The fishery will take place Friday, July 11 through Thursday, July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Bonneville Dam, with a daily bag limit of two adult salmonids – Chinook, steelhead or sockeye – per day. All Chinook and steelhead must be fin-clipped.

Today’s decision was based on an increase in the catch guideline for summer Chinook that resulted from updated run size and catch data. This is the second time fishery managers have extended the summer Chinook salmon retention season below Bonneville Dam. Sockeye and steelhead seasons are already open.

The summer Chinook and sockeye season remains open through July 31 from Bonneville Dan upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. Steelhead fisheries in this section of the Columbia are open through the end of the year.

Fall Chinook salmon fisheries are scheduled to commence on Aug. 1.

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