Tribes to fish three more days in Columbia Gorge

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Washington and Oregon officials on Monday approved three more days of Indian gillnet fishing for spring chinook salmon in the Columbia River Gorge.

The four treaty tribes will net from 6 a.m. today until 6 p.m. Thursday in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools.

A catch of about 2,600 spring chinook is anticipated.

A run of 243,000 upper Columbia-origin spring chinook is passing through the river. The treaty tribes have an allocation of 24,300.

By Thursday evening, the tribes will have 175 chinook left on their allocation.

Tribal members sell fish to the public at several locations in the Columbia Gorge, including Fort Rains on the Washington side near the Bridge of the Gods and in Cascade Locks.

The Columbia River Compact will meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesday to adopt a commercial fishing period for summer chinook in the lower Columbia. June 16 marks the start of the summer chinook management period.