Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington will meet Wednesday to set February through April spring chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia and Willamette rivers.

A joint state hearing of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, known collectively as the Columbia River Compact, is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Longview City Hall, located at 1525 Broadway, in Longview, Wash.

Action items include the spring recreational chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia and Willamette rivers, as well as select area commercial salmon seasons.

The Columbia, downstream of I-5 Bridge, and Willamette rivers are open to chinook salmon retention from Jan. 1 to Mar. 31 under permanent regulations. Each year Oregon and Washington amend those seasons to provide additional angling opportunities, if possible, depending on run size forecasts.

The bi-state group that sets fishing seasons for Columbia River fisheries met today without setting a season for spring chinook salmon.

The Columbia River Joint Compact met Jan. 29 to discuss spring chinook seasons but could not set the season because the fish and wildlife commissions in Oregon and Washington had not yet agreed on a final allocation between sport and commercial fisheries.

Wednesday's hearing is open to the public, and testimony will be accepted.

For more information, visit ODFW's web site: (Click Here).


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