Oregon and Washington will see a reopened summer chinook season.
Northwestern chinook anglers have something to rejoice about as the dog days of summer stretch on.
According to the Oregonian, state officials approved a rare July chinook extension, which kicks off Friday, July 11. The change will see salmon fishing in the Lower Columbia River through to the much anticipated (and likely record-breaking) fall season.
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The chinook salmon run estimates, which were previously set at 67,500, have been bumped up to 74,000 by state, federal and tribal biologists.
The open zone extends from the Bonneville Dam downriver to the Astoria/Megler Bridge.
Only fin-clipped, hatchery-origin chinook may be kept. The bag limit is two per day, including steelhead.
The fall chinook run, beginning in August, could see 1.6 million fish entering the Lower Columbia.
In other news, the Columbian reports that the Bonneville Dam sockeye count through Tuesday has broken the previous record in 2012 with a grand total of 526,367.
We could be experiencing some of the highest numbers recorded when it comes to Columbia River fishing, and those lucky enough to witness it will likely remember this year for a long time.
Did you get to fish the Columbia River or the surrounding area this year? Do you plan to now, knowing the season is reopened?
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