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July 28, 2000
Contact: Wolf Dammers, (360) 906-6709
Bill Tweit, (360) 902-2723

Fall sport seasons set for Columbia River salmon

Seasons and guidelines for sport fishing on the lower Columbia River were adopted Thursday by managers from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, at a joint state sport regulations hearing.

The fall chinook and coho sport fisheries at Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River will open Aug. 1 for chinook, marked hatchery coho and marked hatchery steelhead. Chinook retention will be allowed until a 9,000-chinook quota is reached. The fishery from Tongue Point to Highway 395 also will open Aug. 1.

All indications are that the fishing should be great at Buoy 10," said Bill Tweit, policy leader for the WDFW Columbia River Intergovernmental Policy Group. "We're anticipating the best fishing season in several years."

Anglers are reminded that the rules were changed this year for Buoy 10, moving the upstream boundary of that area to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line and changing the daily limit to two salmon, only one of which can be a chinook.

General fishing rules for Buoy 10 can be found in the"Fishing in Washington" regulation pamphlet.