VANCOUVER New salmon rules go into effect for the lower Columbia River Aug. 1, when the fall salmon season gets under way from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.
Fishing for chinook salmon in the lower Columbia is expected to be good again this year, said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River harvest manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
We are anticipating a total return of more than 671,000 fall chinook salmon to the Columbia River this year, which is significantly higher than the average over the past 10 years, LeFleur said.
The fishing rules for the portion of the Columbia from the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line include a two-fish daily limit, no more than one chinook, and all sockeye, chum and wild coho must be released. Chinook must be at least 24 inches in length to retain, and hatchery coho must be at least 16 inches in length to retain.
For the stretch of the Columbia from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam, anglers will be able to keep six salmon a day with a minimum size of 12 inches. No more than two adult salmon can be retained, only one of which can be an adult chinook. Release wild coho, sockeye and chum salmon.
More information on fishing rules is available by calling the WDFW fishing rule change hotline, (360) 902-2500, or at /fishing/regulations on the Internet.