Summer chinook fishery reopens on the lower Columbia River
OLYMPIA – The fishery for summer chinook salmon is scheduled to reopen tomorrow (July 7) and run through July 31 on the lower Columbia River.
A new, higher projection of this year’s summer chinook return allowed fishery managers from Washington and Oregon to reopen the fishery below Bonneville Dam after closing the season early last week.
Based on the latest projection, 74,100 adult summer chinook will return to the Columbia this year – up from 63,100 anticipated at the start of the season. As a result, the catch guideline for the recreational fishery has increased by 1,290 fish, said Ron Roler, a Columbia River fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
“The higher run forecast allows us to reopen the fishery through the end of the summer season, when the fall fishing season gets underway,” Roler said. “That’s been our goal all along, so long as the fishery meets established conservation standards.”
The area of the Columbia River affected by the states’ action extends from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upriver to Bonneville Dam. As before, anglers can catch up to two adult hatchery chinook, two adult sockeye, or one of each. One hatchery steelhead may also be retained as part of two-fish daily limit.
Barbless hooks are required, and anglers must release any summer chinook with an intact adipose fin.
Washington state fishing rules are posted on WDFW’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/
11/04/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia
Columbia River Fishing Report:
The latest reports on the Columbia river are that the water is cold with visibility at about 3-4 feet. Word is that there’s still some catch and release sturgeon fishing going on up above the Bonneville, but the thing anglers should note, is that the smelt are starting to enter the river. If the smelt are in the river that means the Spring Chinook are there too. Look for the Spring Chinook action to start picking up on the Columbia soon and watch our for those pesky sea lions, there are sure to be there too.
This Columbia River fishing report provided by Swannys Guided Fishing
02/23/2016 – J. W. Snyder – Fishing The Columbia
Columbia River Fishing Report
This weeks Columbia River Fishing Report indicates the Columbia river has been running high and green with about 2-3 feet of visibility. There are a ton of smelt in the river as well as a few Spring Chinook starting to show. I would definitely focus around the Holding flats from Kalama to Mouth of Lewis River all the way up to Vancouver. These are prime areas that the chinook like to hold before moving up river. Methods that have been working well are trolling Herring with a 1 foot dropper, make sure to shorten your leaders up 4-5ft, You want to tap the bottom every 5 seconds or so to keep it in the Zone.
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