Gillnetters to fish lower Columbia on Sun. night

Washington and Oregon approved eight hours of gillnetting Sunday night in the lower Columbia River from Beacon Rock to the ocean.

The commercial fleet will fish from 9 p.m. Sunday until 5 a.m. Monday with 8-inch-mesh nets. Ron Roler, Columbia River policy coordinator for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, said the commercials are projected to catch about 2,500 summer chinook salmon and 280 sturgeon.

The non-Indian commercial allocation of summer chinook is 2,585, Roler said.

A run of 73,000 summer chinook are forecast to enter the Columbia River destined for the upper Columbia in central Washington.

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