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By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Washington and Oregon officials will not meet today to consider adopting a commercial fishing period for the lower Columbia River.

Test netting on Sunday did not find a good abundance of spring chinook and caught more steelhead than salmon.

State biologists are looking for just the opposite, good numbers of chinook and few steelhead before allowing gillnetting.

Eight test drifts with large-mesh (8 inch) nets caught four chinook and one steelhead. The chinook were two lower Columbia hatchery salmon, one lower Columbia wild fish and one upper Columbia hatchery chinook.

Eight test drifts with small mesh (4 1/4 inch) nets caught one chinook and eight steelhead. The chinook was an upper Columbia hatchery-origin fish.

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