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October 05, 1998
Contact: Jeff Weathersby, (360)902-2256

Sport chinook fishing reopens Wednesday on lower Columbia

OLYMPIA -- The sport chinook salmon fishing season in the Columbia River from the Megler-Astoria Bridge to Bonneville Dam reopens Wednesday (Oct. 7), the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced today.

The portion of the Columbia from the Bonneville Dam to the Highway 395 bridge in Pasco reopens to chinook fishing on Oct. 12.

Most of the Snake River wild fall chinook, which are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, have migrated through through the lower Columbia, making the openings possible.

Anglers will be targeting upriver bright fall chinook headed to the Hanford Reach and several upper Columbia hatcheries. The lower Columbia River will remain open for sport chinook fishing for the rest of the year.

The daily limit in both open sections of the Columbia is six salmon, of which two may be adults. The minimum size is 12 inches.

All fishing for coho on the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville closed Oct. 1.

Adult chinook are 24 inches or longer and adult coho are 20 inches or longer.