Columbia River closed to salmon and steelhead fishing

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Most of the Columbia River will close to all recreational salmon and steelhead fishing, with the exception of the Hanford Reach.

The Tri-City Herald reports the closure went into effect Thursday.

Bill Tweit, special assistant with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, says it comes at the tail end of a challenging year on the Columbia that saw low returns for many salmon and steelhead runs.

The commercial harvest on the Columbia River will have to be reduced by fishery managers in Washington and Oregon to account for the number of upriver bright Chinook caught during the fall season.

The closure announced this week extends upstream to Highway 395 in Pasco, excluding Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia River for coho retention.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com