Three more days of Chinook retention set for Columbia River

Columbia River

Photo Credit: Courtesy of ODFW

by OR Department of Fish & Wildlife Staff

CLACKAMAS, Ore.—Fishery managers today set three additional days of Chinook retention opportunity on the mainstem Columbia River from Buoy 10 to the Hwy 395 Bridge near Pasco, WA, as a result of a fall Chinook return that appears likely to meet or exceed pre-season expectations.

From Friday Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 13, anglers may retain either coho or Chinook in this area. In the area from Buoy 10 upstream to the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line, the daily bag limit is two adult salmon, only one of which may be a Chinook. From the Tongue Point Rocky Point line upstream to the Highway 385 Bridge, the daily limit is one adult salmon. Only hatchery coho may be retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge. 

All steelhead must be released and all other permanent regulations apply.

Anglers are reminded that thermal angling sanctuaries in and adjacent to the mouths of Eagle Creek, Herman Creek, and the Deschutes River also remain in effect. For the latest on Columbia River fishing regulations, see

Fishery managers will likely meet again early next week to get an update on salmon runs and consider more recreational fishing opportunities

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