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Columbia sockeye fishing re-opens below Bonneville Dam

July 10, 2013

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Oregon and Washington fishery managers today re-opened sockeye salmon fishing on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam beginning July 13.

During a joint state hearing, fishery managers decided there were just enough fish remaining in the non-tribal harvest guideline to re-open the fishery until the end of the month. While an estimated 90 percent of the sockeye return has passed Bonneville Dam, anglers may occasionally catch a sockeye while fishing for summer steelhead. 

Here are the details of the upcoming season:

  • Open from Saturday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 31.
  • From the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam.
  • Daily bag limit is two adult sockeye/ adipose fin-clipped steelhead in combination. Sockeye count toward the adult bag limit regardless of size.
  • Retention of adult chinook is prohibited. The daily bag limit for adipose fin-clipped jack chinook will remain five.

The Columbia River from the Bonneville Dam upstream to the OR/WA border will remain open to sockeye and adipose fin-clipped adult and jack chinook until July 31.



John North (971) 673-6029

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