- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon and Washington departments of Fish and Wildlife have opened a pair of sport salmon fishing opportunities and closed catch-and-keep sturgeon fishing on stretches of the Columbia River.

Acting in concert on the shared border water, beginning Saturday, May 30, officials are lifting the bank-anglers-only rule for salmon fishing on the river upstream of Beacon Rock, a prominent geological feature on the Washington side of the Columbia at River Mile 142 near Skamania.

The rule that allows boat anglers to fish for Chinook salmon and steelhead upriver from Beacon Rock to the deadline at Bonneville Dam at River Mile 146.1 is in effect through June 15.

Officials also reopened the above Bonneville Dam to Chinook salmon and steelhead fishing beginning Thursday, May 28, through June 15.

The open area extends from the Tower Island power lines, approximately 6 miles below The Dalles Dam, upstream to the Oregon/Washington border east of Umatilla.

Also bank-only fishing is allowed on both sides of the river from Bonneville Dam upstream to the Tower Island power lines.

The daily bag throughout the open area is two adult salmon/steelhead a day, but only one may be a Chinook.

Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be kept.

Sockeye fishing is closed until the summer season opens on June 16.

Finally, fishery managers are closing the John Day Pool and tributaries to keeping sturgeon beginning Wednesday, June 3.

Catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon remains open in the John Day Pool, except from closure through July in the sturgeon-spawning sanctuary from McNary Dam downstream to the Interstate 82 Bridge.


Information from: Statesman Journal, https://www.statesmanjournal.com

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