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Spring Chinook fishing reopens on Columbia River above Bonneville

May 9, 2019

CLACKAMAS, Ore. Recreational fishermen will get another two days to go after spring Chinook salmon in the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam under rules adopted by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

The season will take place on Saturday, May 11 and Sunday, May 12. The open area is from the Tower Island power lines (approximately six miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to the Oregon/Washington border, plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines. The bag limit is two adult salmonids (Chinook or steelhead) of which no more than one may be a Chinook. Only hatchery fish may be kept.

The season was approved after fishery managers reviewed recent data that showed harvest and effort during the original fishing period was lower than expected due to late passage timing and poor conditions, leaving additional fishing opportunity under the allowable harvest guideline.

No additional spring season re-openings were adopted for the lower Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam, although managers will continue to monitor the upriver run and could recommend additional opportunity if appropriate.

For more information about upcoming Columbia River seasons, including regulation updates, visit ODFW’s online fishing reports at



John North   (971) 673-6029
Rick Swart   (971) 673-6038

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