Bill Monroe: With the need to protect the wild tule chinook, fishing season is a complicated task

Bill Monroe: With the need to protect the wild tule chinook, fishing season is a complicated task ...

For the Pacific Fishery Management Council's spring decision session in Seattle, juggling offshore salmon fishing seasons with protection of coho salmon in British Columbia and northern Washington and chinook in the Klamath River was weighing too harsh.

Despite its appearance, the incident mirrored the appearance of assembling a briar patch of Columbia River sports, commercial and tribal seasons, forced by the necessity to protect wild tule chinook in lower Columbia River tributaries.

The following are all details:

(All decisions are still pending until the Department of Commerce and state fish and wildlife commissions have approved them.)

Columbia sport (summer)

The Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam is open from June 16-22 for fin-clipped chinook, with two fish per day, and a quota of 1,074.

For fin-clipped chinook, the Bonneville Dam passes to the US 395, and the quota is at least 190.

Columbia sport (fall)

The Dalles Dam and the United States 395 Bridge will have no steelhead retention until October 31; only one adult chinook per day riverwide must be hadh between Buoy 10 and the Hood River Bridge; all salmon angling must be closed when chinook retention is closed.)

Buoy 10 to West Puget Island: Aug. 1-24 two salmon, only one can be a chinook (hatchery); Aug. 25 to Sept. 7 two salmon, but only one hatchery or wild chinook; Sept. 8-30 three hatchery coho (no chinook); Oct. 1 to December 31 three salmon, but only one chinook, hatchery or wild.

Warrior Rock's West Puget Island is closed from August 1 to September 7, with two salmon, but one chinook, a hatchery, and wild; all salmon are closed from September 8-30; and two salmon reopen from Oct. 1 to December 31, but only one chinook, a hatchery, and a wild.

The Warrior Rock from Bonneville Dam from August 1 to September 13 two salmon, only one chinook, hatchery or wild, closed to all salmon on September 14-30; the reopening of two salmon, only one chinook, hatchery or wild, is now open to all salmon.

The Bonneville Dam from the United States 395: Aug. 1 to December 31 two salmon, only one chinook, hatchery, or wild (observe sanctuary zones).

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