It is set. The 2012 Columbia River Spring Chinook Salmon season is going to be a short season but I predict a very good season. Oregon and Washington are predicting 314,200 Chinook Salmon to return up the Columbia River, which would be the fourth-largest recorded.
Spring Chinook Salmon fishing is scheduled to go to April 6, but could go longer if enough fish are available for harvest.
Harvest guidelines adopted by the two states will allow fishing below Bonneville Dam to catch and keep up to 14,500 hatchery spring Chinook before the run forecast is updated in May.
Spring Chinook fishing is currently open to boat and bank anglers on a daily basis from Buoy 10 near the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to the Interstate 5 bridge. Under the new rules adopted, the sport fishery will expand upriver to Beacon Rock from March 1 through April 6. During that period, the sport fishery will close on three Tuesdays March 20, March 27 and April 3 to accommodate commercial gill net fisheries.
Starting March 1, fishing downriver from Bonneville Dam you may keep one hatchery adult spring Chinook as part of the daily catch limit. Above the dam, you may keep two marked adult spring Chinook salmon per day effective March 16.
Call Marvin’s Guide Service and get hooked up in a heated a covered boat.