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September 17, 1998
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Columbia River chinook fishing from Pasco to Astoria/Megler Bridge to remain open for weekend

OLYMPIA — Sportfishing for chinook on the Columbia River from Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco to the Astoria-Megler Bridge will remain open this coming weekend, Washington and Oregon state fisheries officials announced today.

The announcement by the Columbia River Compact was made following a technical analysis of run sizes and sport and Indian fisher harvest levels. Analysis will continue to ensure fisheries do not harm chinook stocks protected by the federal Endangered Species Act.

Guy Norman, Washington's representative to the compact, said a meeting will be held tomorrow to determine if the chinook fishery should remain open beyond the weekend. An announcement will be made immediately following the meeting.

Norman said chinook fishing from the Highway 395 Bridge to the Priest Rapids Dam remains open. Anglers should consult the "Fishing in Washington" rules and regulations pamphlet for further information.

The Columbia River Compact is the forum through which Washington and Oregon regulate mainstem Columbia Basin fishing in joint waters.