Photo courtesy of Columbia River Fishing Guides Schmidty’s Guide Service.
CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Following a second run upgrade, fishery managers from Oregon and Washington adopted additional fishing days (Tuesday, May 24 – Friday, June 3) for recreational spring Chinook salmon in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam today during a joint state hearing.
This additional opportunity is based on an updated May 16 forecast that projects the return of 180,000 upriver-origin adult spring Chinook (up from 161,000 projected a week ago). At this level, the updated projection would be about 118 percent of the recent 10-year average return of these fish.
The 11 added days in the lower river added today help fill in the gap from days set last week. The two additional days upstream of Bonneville Dam provide some extra time in an area where the season was cut short due to much higher than expected catches.
With the days added today, the upcoming recreational spring Chinook fishing days on the Columbia River are as follows:
Below Bonneville Dam:
Above Bonneville Dam:
Columbia River Spring Chinook salmon seasons are driven by balancing opportunity with Endangered Species Act limitations, provisions in the management agreement between the states and Columbia River Treaty Tribes that specify the total harvest guideline of upriver-origin spring Chinook and guidance from the Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissions regarding the allocation of spring Chinook among the non-treaty fisheries.
Fishery managers will monitor these fisheries and may consider further hearings to consider the latest information on catch rates to determine if additional fishery management actions are needed.
This concludes our 2022 Columbia River Fishing Report
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Chinook caught with the Dirty Troll “Fire Squid” Salmon Trolling Spinner