Commercial fishermen get their first chance at spring chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River with a seven-hour season on Tuesday.

The Columbia River Compact today approved fishing with 41/4-inch mesh tangle nets from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday between the ocean and Beacon Rock.

Biologist Jeff Whisler of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said an estimated 150 netters are expected to catch about 2,000 spring chinook, of which 1,640 will be destined for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam.

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