Anglers fishing in the Buoy 10 area at the mouth of the Columbia River will have to release chinook salmon beginning Monday (August 28), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials announced today.
The closure is being put in place because the quota of 9,000 chinook is expected to be reached by that date.
Although chinook fishing will soon end in waters from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line to the mouth of the river, fishing for hatchery coho will continue in that area. Over 450,000 coho are projected to return to the river this year.
In addition, the Columbia River upstream of the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line will remain open to fishing for chinook, hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead through December.
The popular Buoy 10 salmon fishery opened August 1. Through August 22 a total of 4,150 chinook and 7,700 coho were landed with 36,000 angler trips.
"We're happy we have been able to provide a good season for people fishing at Buoy 10," said Bill Tweit WDFW Columbia River Policy Coordinator. "In fact, it's been the best season in several years, and with the coho season continuing there are plenty of fishing opportunities throughout the fall."