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Recreational Columbia River salmon fishing opens Saturday

Good numbers mean season scheduled last to end of year


Oregon and Washington will reopen the Columbia River on Saturday, through the end of the year, to all salmon fishing from Buoy 10 to Pasco.

Daily bag limit will be two adult salmon, coho or chinook, but only one fish can be a chinook. Chinook need not be fin-clipped, but all coho kept downstream of the Hood River Bridge must be hatchery-origin. All steelhead must be released.

Jack salmon can be kept (up to five in Oregon) upriver from Tongue Point. Between there and Buoy 10, no jacks can be kept until Oct. 1.

Continued high counts at Bonneville Dam have exceeded preseason run forecasts, allowing more time on the water for anglers and both commercial and treaty nets.

Treaty netters upriver from Bonneville Dam were given more seasons in a meeting Wednesday.

Thursday’s teleconference call only reopened the river for recreational anglers. Commercial non-treaty nets were in the water Monday night and will fish again Monday evening, Sept. 21.

The states will meet again Sept. 24 to discuss more commercial netting.