States to consider gillnetting period

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Washington and Oregon officials will meet at 3 p.m. today to consider authorizing commercial fishing for spring chinook salmon Tuesday in the lower Columbia River.

Test fishing on Sunday in Wahkiakum and Cowlitz counties made 15 drifts and caught 36 chinook and 13 steelhead. Nineteen of the chinook were of lower Columbia origin and 17 were from upstream of Bonneville Dam.

Ten of the 13 steelhead were wild.

Tuesday and April 1 were set aside for commercial fishing days. Sport fishing is closed both days to avoid conflicts between the sport and net fleets.