The Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington met Wednesday by phone and canceled the non-Indian commercial salmon fishing period for today, from the mouth of the Columbia to the Longview, Wash., bridge and the 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday fishing from the Longview bridge to Beacon Rock.
Sport chinook season to end Oct. 1Beginning Oct. 1, sport anglers on the mainstem Columbia River will not be able to keep any chinook salmon they catch downstream from the Bonneville Dam.
The popular fall salmon fishery got off to a slow start, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reported, but catch rates improved substantially by the end of August. The peak observed catch rate occurred during the first and second weeks of September with a sustained average exceeding one chinook per boat, ODFW reported. The department estimated up to 1,500 boats per day participated in fishing on weekend days and 800 boats on weekdays.
Anglers are projected to have caught approximately 16,000 chinook this season.
"Preseason, we implemented the one-chinook daily bag limit to increase the chances that the fishery would remain open through September," said Curt Melcher, a biologist with ODFW. "The one-chinook bag limit got us through September, but we needed to take this action to remain within our conservation guidelines and allocation agreements.
The Buoy 10 fishery is still open for adipose fin-clipped coho and adipose fin-clipped steelhead, as is the fishery from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Bonneville Dam. The daily bag limit is two salmon.