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Chinook Season Opens Again

by Dennis L. Clay, Outdoor Writer
Capital Press, October 6, 2006

Columbia River anglers are again able to keep chinook salmon they catch between Bonneville Dam and the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco under a new rule approved by fishery managers in Washington and Oregon.

The new rule, approved less than three weeks after the area was closed to chinook retention runs through Dec. 31.

The latest action was triggered by the fact that the number of chinook salmon migrating upriver past Bonneville Dam has been significantly higher since mid-September than expected.

Anglers must still release any chinook salmon they catch downstream from Bonneville Dam to Rocky Point/Tongue Point near Astoria. Anglers fishing in that area may, however, retain hatchery coho and steelhead, which can be identified by a missing adipose fin.

Contact Cindy LeFleur at 360-906-6708.

Dennis L. Clay, Outdoor Writer
Chinook Season Opens Again
Capital Press, October 6, 2006

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