Summer chinook fishing closes beginning Monday

first_imgSportsmen in the lower Columbia River have caught more summer chinook than their guideline prompting Washington and Oregon to close salmon retention beginning Monday.Chinook retention will be prohibited downstream of Bonneville Dam. The states also are closing sockeye retention downstream of Highway 395 in Pasco at the same time.Anglers may still keep hatchery steelhead plus jack chinook, which measure 12 to 24 inches.Chinook retention will reopen on Aug. 1. Chinook entering the Columbia beginning in August are categorized as fall chinook and a new management period begins.Sportsmen downstream of Bonneville Dam have a summer chinook allocation of about 3,800. Through Thursday, the catch was 5,285 kept plus 2,553 released. The kept catch is more than double a year ago.“This is some of the best fishing we’ve seen in recent years for both summer chinook and sockeye,” said Cindy LeFleur, Columbia River policy manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). “This year’s catch has exceeded expectations.”last_img