National Fisherman

Nine nights of commercial salmon fishing between Woodland and Beacon Rock in the lower Columbia River begin Sunday.
Washington and Oregon today adopted Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday night gill netting periods from Aug. 3 though Aug. 21. The 9-inch-mesh nets are expected to catch 2,200 chinook the first week, 6,600 in the second week and 14,400 during the third week, said Robin Ehlke, a biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Nine-inch-mesh is expected to reduce the handle of steelhead and sublegal sturgeon.
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