VANCOUVER — Sport fishing for chinook salmon in the main stem of the Columbia River, from the Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to the Highway 395 bridge in Pasco will close Monday for the remainder of the season, Washington and Oregon fisheries officials announced today at a Columbia River Compact meeting here.
The closure takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday.
Using technical analysis of updated run sizes and projected catches, compact representatives determined that sport fishery impacts would be above levels allowed by the National Marine Fisheries Service for the protection of wild upper Columbia and Snake River steelhead and wild Snake River fall chinook. Those species are protected by the Endangered Species Act.
The compact is the forum through which Washington and Oregon regulate Columbia Basin fishing in joint waters.
As previously announced, salmon and steelhead sport fishing seasons for the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers and Drano Lake will remain open. In addition, salmon fishing in the main stem of the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge upstream to Rocky Reach Dam also will remain open. The main stem of the Columbia downstream from the Highway 395 Bridge also is open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho.
Fishing season dates are listed in the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's 1998 "Fishing in Washington" pamphlet.