Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife April 12, 2012
The States of Washington and Oregon met today and extended the ongoing sport season below Bonneville Dam. The following table reflects the seasons now in place.
|2012 Mainstem Columbia River Spring Chinook Recreational Fisheries|
|Downstream of Bonneville Dam|
|Season||Ongoing through Sunday April 22, 2012, except closed April 17 (Tuesday)|
|Area:||Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock (boat and bank) plus bank angling only from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.
Legal upstream boundary defined as: “A deadline marker on the Oregon bank (approximately four miles downstream from Bonneville Dam Powerhouse 1) in a straight line through the western tip of Pierce Island to a deadline marker on the Washington bank at Beacon Rock.”
|Daily Bag Limit:||Two adult salmonids per day, but only one may be a Chinook.
Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be kept. All other permanent regulations apply.
|Bonneville Dam to Oregon/Washington Border|
|Season:||Ongoing through Wednesday May 2, 2012|
|Area:||Tower Island power lines (approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam) upstream to Oregon/Washington border, plus the Oregon and Washington banks between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines.|
|Daily Bag Limit:||Two adult Chinook or steelhead per day or one of each. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be kept. All other permanent regulations apply.|
|Additional regulations for both fisheries above:|
Effective through May 15, 2012, the mainstem Columbia River will be open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.
Effective through June 15, 2012: On days when the mainstem Columbia River recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam is open to retention of Chinook, the salmonid daily bag limit in Deep River will be the same as mainstem Columbia River bag limits. On days when the mainstem Columbia River fishery is closed to Chinook retention, the permanent salmonid bag limit regulations for Deep River apply.
- A Joint State hearing is scheduled for 1PM Thursday April 19.