Columbia Reopens to Chinook, Steelheadby Jeffrey P. Mayor
The News Tribune, June 14, 2008
Fishing for chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Monday on large areas of the Columbia River. Sport fishing for summer chinook salmon will open from Bonneville Dam to Priest Rapids Dam and run through July 31. Below Bonneville Dam, anglers can retain adult chinook salmon June 21-28.
Fishing for summer steelhead also opens Monday, from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco. As in past years, anglers must release any steelhead not marked as a hatchery-reared fish by a clipped adipose fin.
Approximately 52,000 summer chinook salmon are expected to return to the Columbia River this season, up from 37,200 last year, according to a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife news release. The forecast for upriver summer steelhead is about 325,000, similar to last year.
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