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Chinook fishing on lower Columbia re-opens for holiday weekend

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Columbia River Chinook anglers can celebrate the Fourth of July with some fishing, as fishery managers announced today that the lower Columbia River will re-open to summer Chinook from Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6.

The fishery will be open from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline with a daily bag limit of two adult salmonids – Chinook, steelhead or sockeye – per day. All Chinook and steelhead must be fin-clipped.

Also at today’s meeting of the Columbia River Compact, Oregon and Washington fishery managers announced the re-opening of sockeye salmon retention on the lower river from July 3-31.

According to John North, ODFW Columbia River fisheries manager, the proposal to re-open the Chinook fishery was based on run strength and the harvest to date. From this, managers calculated there were enough fish remaining on the harvest guideline for four additional days of fishing.

The sockeye fishery was re-opened from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline when the projected return was upgraded from 347,100 to 425,000 fish, North said.

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