Columbia River reopening for coho, steelhead

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Fishing for steelhead and coho in the Columbia River will reopen Saturday.

Washington and Oregon will open the river again from Buoy 10 at the coast upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco. The daily bag limit is two adult coho or one adult coho and one hatchery steelhead.

The states closed salmon and steelhead fishing on Oct. 22 because the non-Indian harvest of upriver bright fall chinook salmon exceeded the 15 percent allowance.

Chinook catch is minimal this late in the year, as the run is essentially over in the Columbia.

However, the closure affects small-scale, late-fall fisheries directed at coho and steelhead.

Chinook retention will resume Jan. 1.