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

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



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.

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