A commercial fishing season on the Columbia River will take place Wednesday, but opening the river to sport fishing will be delayed so fishing can continue into summer without a break.
In a meeting Tuesday, Washington and Oregon fishery managers set a gillnet season from 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday. The expected catch is 800 hatchery chinook out of 1,200 still remaining in the commercial fishing allocation.
Another 1,400 springers are available for sport fishing, which ended on April 12.
Biologists said one option would have been to reopen sport fishing on Thursday, when the river opens for steelhead. In that case, the spring chinook season would have lasted until June 5.
By delaying the chinook opening until around Memorial Day, the sport salmon season can continue uninterrupted into summer.
On Monday, the spring chinook forecast was downgraded to 107,500 upper river fish. It had previously been forecast at 141,400.