OLYMPIA - The fishery for hatchery spring chinook in the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Interstate 5 Bridge will continue on a Wednesday-through-Saturday schedule through May 15, as will the hatchery chinook fishery in the Dalles and John Day Pools and in the upper end of Bonneville Pool.
Beginning May 16 at 12:01 a.m., these areas will close to spring chinook fishing as previously scheduled. Anglers should refer to the new 2003/2004 Fishing in Washington sport fishing rules pamphlet for fishing regulations that take effect May 16. The area from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Interstate 5 Bridge will be open daily for hatchery steelhead beginning May 16. Hatchery chinook jacks (less than 24 inches) may also be retained in this area but no other salmon. All other mainstem areas will be closed to the taking of all salmon and steelhead. Shad fishing from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream will also open daily beginning May 16.
Recreational fishing opportunity for adult summer chinook in the lower Columbia River is expected to begin sometime in June, and will be announced at a later date.
To date more than 152,000 angler trips have resulted in a catch of 17,000 hatchery spring chinook in the Columbia mainstem fishery.