Chinook salmon retention off Columbia to abruptly close at midnight
- Aug. 22, 2022, 5:40 p.m.
Chinook salmon retention off the mouth of the Columbia River closes at midnight Monday.
Fishing for and keeping hatchery coho salmon can continue, but all chinook salmon must be released unharmed, regardless of hatchery or wild origin.
Oregon, Washington and the National Marine Fisheries Service announced the abrupt closure Monday afternoon.
While there remain uncaught chinook in the pre-approved salmon guidelines, it’s not enough to allow for more days in the season and still have enough remaining to cover incidental mortalities from continued fishing for hatchery coho.
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