Spring Chinook Fishing in the Columbia River Below Bonneville Dam Has Been Extended

As a result of harvests in March and early April that were lower than anticipated, fishery management in the states of Washington and Oregon announced on Tuesday(April 4, 2023) that they would be extending the period during which the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam would be open to recreational fishing for spring Chinook salmon by four more days.

The portion of the river between Buoy 10 and the Bonneville Dam, which was at one time scheduled to close to salmon fishing on April 7, will now stay open until April 11.

Spring Chinook Fishing in the Columbia River

Ryan Lothrop, manager of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Columbia River fisheries, stated, β€œConditions so far this spring have been less than ideal for fishing.” β€œContinued cold weather and water has kept catch rates low, so we feel comfortable offering this extended spring fishing opportunity.”

These are the most recent happenings at Oregon State:

The management will keep an eye on the quantity of spring Chinook that return and are captured, and they will make any appropriate modifications as required.

Spring Chinook Fishing in the Columbia River

The annual spring Chinook fishing season started on April 1 and will continue through May 6 from Bonneville upstream to the boundary between Oregon and Washington.

The emergency rule modification is posted on WDFW’s website, along with complete data and rules for the fishery. Washington’s sport fishing rules booklet for 2022–2023 contains long-term requirements.

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