Bigger hatchery catch approved in 2 E. Ore. rivers

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ENTERPRISE, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon fisheries managers say the large snowpack this spring in Eastern Oregon has made for high water and tough fishing on the Wallowa and Imnaha rivers, so they're raising bag limits for adult hatchery spring chinook salmon.

The department says anglers can keep up to four.

Biologists at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife estimate 7,000 adult spring chinook will return to the rivers.

Seventy percent of the total return is expected to be marked hatchery fish available for sport and tribal harvest. Wild fish, unmarked, must be released carefully and unharmed.

The department says the river levels have begun to drop and better fishing is expected the next few weeks.