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More Salmon

Posted on 13th September 2013 at 16:09

With record numbers of fall Chinook salmon being counted at Bonneville Dam, the fishery managers in Washington and Oregon are easing restrictions on the catching of those fish. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says that there haven’t been this many upriver fall Chinook in 75 years, so instead of having the season close today, it’s being extended and expanded. Anglers will now be able to fish for fall Chinook through the end of the year in river below Bonneville; the lower limit is also being extended from Rocky Point near Astoria to Buoy 10. There’s a daily bag limit of two adult Chinook per day. They’re also going to allow all anglers on a boat to continue fishing until everyone has their limit, going from Buoy 10 to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco. The current projections show that between 664,000 and 835,000 fish are returning to the Columbia, well above the record of 420,000 fish, set back in 1987.