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Columbia River fall chinook fishery set to open under some new rules


August 3, 2016

Columbia River anglers preparing for the fall salmon season should be aware of several new rules scheduled to take effect as the popular fishery got under way Aug. 1.

Approximately 960,000 fall chinook salmon are projected to return to the big river this year, well above the 10-year average, said Ron Roler, a Columbia River fishery manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). However, some coho and steelhead runs are expected to be down this year.

“A big part of the challenge this year is to conserve coho and steelhead, while providing a full fishing season for chinook salmon,” Roler said. “As always, we want to protect wild salmon and steelhead populations, wh...

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