A Late, Large Run Of ESA-Listed Smelt Entering Columbia River, Highest Return In 7 years; Cowlitz Recreational Dip Net Fishing Opens

With an apparently late and larger-than-predicted run of eulachon (smelt) migrating into the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington harvest managers set this week additional commercial test fishery harvest days through March 18, while Washington opened a recreational dip net fishery for smelt in the Cowlitz River. The Sandy River remains closed to recreational fishing for smelt.

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