The spring chinook sport fishery on the Columbia River mainstem from Tongue point upstream to the Interstate 5 bridge will be open until June 15 or until the guideline is reached.

At a compact hearing Wednesday, Oregon and Washington managers extended the season for the non-Indian sport fishery that began May 16.

The agencies reported the upriver spring chinook run is tracking very close to the preseason forecast of 78,500 fish to the mouth of the Columbia River. But there is additional opportunity for spring chinook fishing in the mainstem Columbia under the current Endangered Species Act guideline.

In Oregon, fishers may retain two adult adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon or two adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day. In Washington, the daily limit for salmon is six fish, of which only two may be adults. Two adult adipose-fin-clipped chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead may be retained per day.

In both states, all nonadipose fin-clipped chinook and steelhead must be immediately released unharmed.

Catch limits for jacks remain in effect. It is against the law to remove entirely from the water any salmon or steelhead required to be released when fishing from a vessel less than 30-feet long.

The Columbia River Compact agencies will assess summer season non-Indian commercial fishing periods at 11 a.m. June 14.


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