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Spring Chinook Fishery Above Bonneville To Open April 1st

Spring chinook bank fishery set to open above Bonneville Dam

Action: Sets fishing regulations for spring chinook bank fishery upstream of Bonneville Dam.

Effective date: April 1 through May 5, 2019.

Species affected: Spring chinook, steelhead.

Reason for action: Sets the 2019 spring salmon season in the Columbia River consistent with the Compact Action of Feb. 20, 2019. Spring chinook runs are projected to be significantly lower than recent year returns. The fisheries were set within allowable catch levels for upriver spring chinook.

Location: Washington shoreline from Bonneville Dam to the Tower Island power lines (except for those waters closed under permanent regulations.)

Additional information: All lines must be hand cast from the bank. Daily limit is 6 adipose fin-clipped salmonids, including no more than 2 adults of which no more than 1 may be an adult chinook. Release all wild chinook and wild steelhead. Salmon minimum size: 12 inches. Anglers must purchase a Columbia River Salmon/Steelhead Endorsement.

Information contact: Region 5: (360) 696-6211, Region 3: (509) 575-2474.

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