Outdoors blog 4/2: Spring chinook catch at 25 percent

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Anglers in the lower Columbia River had caught about 25 percent of their spring chinook allocation through Sunday.

Since Feb. 1, there have been an estimated 47,145 fishing trips with a total of 1,519 chinook kept and 463 released. That is a 76.6 percent mark rate.

Among the kept catch, 1,030 were chinook destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam and 489 were headed for lower Columbia tributaries.

The pre-season expectations were for 6,100 kept chinook from 63,500 trips.

Washington and Oregon officials will meet by teleconference at 3 p.m. Wednesday to review the sport catch and consider a fishing extension.

I'll post the results as soon as the meeting is over, then a longer story an hour or so after that.