Seven nights of commercial fishing in the Columbia River between Woodland and Beacon Rock have been set by the Washington and Oregon departments of Fish and Wildlife.
The commercial fleet will be allowed to fish with 9-inch-mesh nets from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Aug. 10-11, Aug. 12-13, Aug. 17-18, Aug. 19-20, Aug. 24-25, Aug. 26-27 and Aug. 31-Sept. 1.
The netters are projected to catch 13,150 fall chinook, 625 coho and 500 white sturgeon.
In 2019, the net fleet was paid $2.90 a pound for bright chinook, $1.64 a pound for coho and 56 cents a pound for tule (dark) chinook in the August season.
Additional gillnetting could begin as early as Sept. 13 if the chinook run is larger than forecast.