Anglers only have a few more days to catch chinook in the Columbia River because fisheries managers have decided to prohibit sport fishermen's retention of chinook on the lower Columbia after 12:01 a.m. Saturday.
This closure affects the area between Buoy 10 and the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line, as well as the area between Bonneville Dam and McNary Dam; between the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line and Bonneville the river closed to chinook retention Sept. 18 because of harvest guidelines.
The Buoy 10 chinook catch this year was about 9,300, fewer than expected, said Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife marine salmon manager Curt Melcher. However, the mainstem sport fishery above the Buoy 10 area caught more of the prized fish than expected at about 17,500.
Although few people are still participating in the Buoy 10 fishery, which opened Aug. 1, Saturday's closure is necessary because the overall sport fishery allocation had been caught, Melcher said.
Fishing still remains open for adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead between Buoy 10 and Bonneville Dam, with a daily bag limit of two fish.