With Higher Than Expected Upper Columbia Sockeye Return, Decent Summer Chinook Run, Fishery Managers Add More Fishing Days

July 1st, 2022

Columbia River fishery managers from Oregon and Washington added 13 days of summer Chinook fishing below Bonneville Dam starting today, July 1 through Wednesday, July 13. The move comes as the sockeye return is now predicted to be more than double the preseason forecast.

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Spring Chinook Return Keeps Getter Better, Prompting Increased Bag Limits, Recreational Fishing Days; Tribes’ June Fishing Periods Approved

June 3rd, 2022

Following another run upgrade, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted additional fishing opportunity for spring Chinook salmon in the mainstem Columbia River from the Tongue Point area near Astoria to the Oregon/Washington state line upstream of McNary Dam and increased the bag limit for Chinook to up to two adults per day.

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Columbia River Spring Chinook Run Upgrade Brings More Fishing Days Below Bonneville Dam; States Announce Summer, Fall Salmon, Steelhead Seasons

May 12th, 2022

With a decent run-size upgrade, should Columbia River fisheries managers allow spring Chinook fishing below Bonneville Dam through May, or let more fish pass upriver and then continue fishing in June when much of run has moved out of the lower Columbia?

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Tribes Did The “Heavy Lifting’ On Bringing Once Extinct Coho Back To Upper Columbia, Snake River Basin

May 12th, 2022

Historically about one million coho salmon returned annually to the Columbia River and were abundant throughout the upper Columbia River and Snake River watersheds. By the 1980s, the fish were gone from the basin interior  – extirpated. But today, in several rivers above Bonneville Dam, the coho are back.

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Spring Chinook Return Running Above Average As Lower Monumental Dam Fish Passage Monitored During Repairs

May 5th, 2022

The spring Chinook return to the Columbia River basin is heating up as fisheries and hydro managers monitor juvenile and adult salmon passage carefully at Lower Monumental Dam while spillbay repair work continues. And good angling has led to the recreational fishery closing a day early, though fish passage counts at Bonneville Dam are currently above average.

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Fisheries Managers Rescind Lower Columbia Gillnetting Periods After Too Many Upriver Chinook Caught In Select Areas

April 21st, 2022

Oregon and Washington fisheries managers were forced to shut down commercial salmon fishing on the lower Columbia River Wednesday after the gillnetters caught far too many upriver spring Chinook. Several future fishing periods already approved were rescinded during a period of high prices for salmon.

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