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Friday, March 26, 2010
Columbia River Nets are Still Out
With this years return and so called epic predictions of Spring Chinook to the Columbia River, Oregon and Washington biologists decided against a commercial fishery in the Columbia River on Tuesday for the time being. Out of their last test fishery, 58 spring chinook and 22 steelhead were netted. Yes, STEELHEAD! For years our late returning native steelhead have been slaughtered in gillnets and I am glad to see that the powers that be are making the right decision to hold back the nets for a while longer. If you ever wondered what happened to the large native steelhead that swam back to Southwest Washington, Willamette Valley and Sandy River, here is your answer. Most of that gene pool ended in gillnets. Thanks you for the right decision WDFW and ODFW. Read more from Oregon Live.