Fishery managers will present their expectations for spring Chinook returns into harvest areas off the Columbia River at a meeting in Astoria tonight.

Fishery managers representing Clatsop County, Oregon and Washington state will discuss season structure and harvest management considerations in the select areas, which include Youngs Bay, Blind Slough/Knappa Slough and Tongue Point/South Channel.

They also plan to solicit public comment for the winter, spring and summer fisheries in the select areas.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 W. Marine Drive.

The select areas are where commercial gillnet fishermen are still allowed to fish for salmon as opportunities on the river main stem disappear due to state legislation to phase out the gear.

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