Chinook Season Set to Open Across NWby Associated Press
Seattle Times, May 17, 2006
BOISE, Idaho -- More Northwest anglers will be casting for spring chinook this week. Fishery managers in Oregon and Washington agreed Tuesday to reopen recreational salmon fishing below Bonneville Dam today.
About 100,000 upriver spring chinook salmon are expected. The return is later than last year, but current expectations are well above the preseason estimates of 65,000 to 88,400.
In a separate action, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife also will open a sport fishery today on the Snake River near Little Goose Dam. Last week, the department opened spring chinook fishing in the upper Bonneville Pool upriver to McNary Dam.
Last year's spring chinook run was late in arriving, and this year's run trailed it all spring until recently. As of Tuesday, about 77,000 spring chinook had passed above Bonneville Dam, compared with 57,000 at this time last year.
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