The coho salmon hatchery fishing at buoy 10 will restart on Thursday.
The same goes for any hatchery coho or any chinook in a region upriver a few miles from Washougal, downstream from Bonneville Dam to the east end of Reeder Island, for a daily limit of two adult salmon.
Fishing in those two zones was abruptly shut down before Labor Day to preserve downriver wild autumn chinook below the dam. Tuesday afternoon, Oregon and Washington fish officials met over the phone to discuss reopening fishing in those two zones.
According to counts at the dam, the extremely controversial shutdown occurred just before a sizable anticipated coho run. The predicted staging near the river’s mouth was corroborated by testimony given during the call.
However, despite previous run excesses and regardless of coho populations, the states are required by federal regulations to conserve wild autumn chinook downriver.
With the closure, thousands of fishermen, guide clients, and people in their own or friends’ boats came upriver to fish for a fall chinook run that is now thought to be close to twice its prediction.
Many are anticipated to return to the constrained fishing grounds beneath the dam, which includes Astoria.
Additionally, the states permitted some extra, restricted gill-net fishing for autumn chinook from Sauvie Island’s Warrior Rock upstream to Beacon Rock, below the Bonneville Dam.
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