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first_imgAfter a two-month hiatus, sport salmon fishing returns to the Columbia River on Friday with the opening of summer chinook, steelhead and sockeye seasons.The daily bag limit will be two adult salmonids, which may include up to two hatchery chinook, but no more than one hatchery steelhead. Sockeye also may be retained as part of the limit. The season is expected to remain open through July 31, when the rules change to the fall management regime.The forecasts call for 63,100 summer chinook and 198,500 sockeye, both down from 2016.The one-hatchery steelhead limit is the new wrinkle this year.State fish managers expect just 130,700 summer steelhead to return to the Columbia this year, the lowest number since 1980. The forecast is especially weak for wild steelhead destined for the Snake River and the Columbia upstream of Priest Rapids Dam near the Tri-Cities.The daily bag limit of one hatchery steelhead with no night fishing also applies through Oct. 31 in the Cowlitz River downstream from the Lexington Drive/Sparks Road bridge; the Lewis River downstream of the mouth of the East Fork; Wind River downstream of Shipherd Falls, the White Salmon River downstream of the county road bridge and in Drano Lake.Oregon is limiting Deschutes River anglers to one steelhead a day through the end 2017, with a total fishing closure in September. Oregon also is limiting John Day River anglers to one steelhead a day with a steelhead retention closure during September and October.last_img

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