Chinook fishery extended
More salmon passing upstream of Bonneville Dam
Last updated 5/19/2022 at 1:53pm
WALLULA – With the best spring Chinook run since 2015, the state has extended the fishing season.
The extension begins May 24, officials said, noting the run forecast for spring Chinook upstream of the dam will be about 180,000 fish.
Before the season started, officials projected a return of only about 123,000.
Already this season, this is the 11th best spring run over Bonneville Dam since 1980.
“We continue to see strong counts daily, which supports the increased run size estimate leading to more fishing opportunity,” state Columbia River fishery manager Ryan Lothrop said.
Below Bonneville Dam, the fishery will close Sunday, May 22. But the extension means it will reopen from Tuesday, May 24 to Wednesday, June 15, officials said.
Upstream from the dam, the fishery will open from May 26-28 from the Tower Island power lines near The Dalles to the Oregon-Washington border at Wallula.
“By taking these measured steps to re-open, it has allowed us to provide additional opportunities while ensuring we remain within harvest constraints,” Lothrop said.