CLACKAMAS - Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring chinook salmon fishing seasons for March and April on the Columbia and Willamette rivers Wednesday during a joint state hearing in Longview, Wash.
Several fisheries, including those in the Willamette River and in the Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and the river mouth, are open under permanent rules and will remain open through February. The seasons adopted Wednesday will take effect March 1.
On the Columbia below the Hayden Island powerlines (west towers), anglers will be able to fish seven days a week from March 1-15 and Thursday-Saturday from March 19 to April 18.
From the Hayden Island powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam, the season will run seven days a week from March 1-22, and Wednesday-Saturday from March 25 to April 22.
The daily bag limit for these areas will be two adipose fin-clipped salmon or steelhead, but only one may be a chinook. The mainstem Columbia will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad only during days and seasons open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring chinook.
The season for the area between Bonneville and McNary dams was set for March 16 to April 30, with a bag limit of two adult adipose fin-clipped chinook or steelhead per day.
Recognizing that chinook catches in this area are typically low through April, the two states intend to continue working together to set additional fishing time for this section of the river after April 30.
On the Willamette, ODFW modified the permanent season to allow retention of adipose-clipped chinook seven days a week from March 1-15 and Thursday-Saturday from March 19 to April 30.
These rules apply to the Willamette downstream from Willamette Falls, including Multnomah Channel and the lower Clackamas River downstream of the Highway 99 bridge.