A non-Indian commercial gillnet fishery in the Columbia River opened for seven hours on March 31, yielding 980 spring chinook salmon with an average weight of 12.4 pounds.

Some 737 of the fish were upriver spring chinook and the remaining 243 were fish destined to lower Columbia River tributaries.

The catch, distributed among 94 boats, was about half what the commercial fishery will be allowed when the commercial season for spring chinook ends in early May, according to this week's run projections.

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