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Columbia River rules set for anticipated strong return of spring chinook


Anticipating another strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon set the initial 2015 fishing season to run through April 10 on the lower Columbia River.

Under guidelines approved for this year’s season, anglers fishing below Bonneville Dam will be allowed to catch an estimated 11,500 spring chinook before an updated run forecast is available in early May.

Another 1,200 adult upriver chinook are reserved for anglers fishing upriver from Bonneville Dam to the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam. Additional fish have also been reserved for the Snake River sport fishery.

Those catch guidelines are based on a projected run of 312...

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