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New rules reflect big chinook run


More upriver fall chinook salmon are returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, so Washington and Oregon fishery managers expanded sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Sept. 13.

Scrapping a previous rule that would have closed the chinook fishery that day in a portion of the lower river, both states adopted new regulations that allow anglers to continue fishing for chinook salmon through the end of the year in all areas of the mainstem Columbia River below Bonneville Dam open to salmon fishing.

The new rules also expand the area open to chinook retention by moving the lower boundary from Rocky Point 16 miles downstream to Buoy 10 near the mouth of...

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