Columbia spring Chinook managers are considering reopening the lower river as soon as this Sunday, May 15.
A fact sheet out late this morning says that there are 3,800 kings available for the recreational fleet below Bonneville Dam at a run size of 210,000, which is the latest estimate for this year’s return back to the river’s mouth.
Open areas would be slightly tweaked from where they were in March and April. The Columbia up to Beacon Rock would be open for boat angling, while the water from Beacon to Bonneville would be bank-only.
Sockeye and steelhead would also be allowed in the bag.
Fishing would be open through June 15 (the rest of the river opens the next day).
“The proposed season is expected to remain within the available catch guideline at a run size of 210,000 fish,” says a fact sheet from managers who will meet this afternoon.
It also says that sport fleet advisors told them we would like the Columbia to reopen asap.
A total of 136,842 springers have gone through the fish ladder at Bonneville so far this season, including 102,090 in May alone.