OLYMPIA — Anglers fishing in the Buoy 10 area near the mouth of the Columbia River will have to release any Chinook salmon they catch after Friday.
Following a week of record catch rates and angler turnout, state fishery managers from Washington and Oregon Thursday agreed to close the popular fishery several days earlier than anticipated.
Despite the early closure for Chinook retention, the 2015 Buoy 10 season has been a record. The total catch over four weeks of fishing is expected to reach or exceed 35,000 Chinook in the 16-mile stretch of the lower Columbia River.
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