High returns raise limits on Chinook fishing

Returns of fall Chinook to the Columbia River have reached record-high numbers, leading to the raising of the daily limit for Chinook salmon at Drano Lake and the upper Klickitat River.

Up to four adult Chinook may be retained in both places. Anglers may fish seven days a week on Drano Lake through Dec. 31, 2013.

The increase on the upper Klickitat River is effective through Nov. 30, 2013.

The daily limit on salmon in both locations is six fish. On the upper Klickitat, up to four may be adult Chinook and on Drano Lake up to four may be adult salmon of which no more than two may be Coho. Any salmon, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained at both locations.

The upper Klickitat River is open from 400 feet upstream from the no. 5 fishway (about three miles upstream from the mouth) to the boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery. Closed waters remain in effect from Fisher Hill Bridge to 400 feet upstream from no. 5 fishway.

The area was originally scheduled to close Nov. 1, but is now open until Nov. 30. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained and night closure and anti-snagging rules are in effect.

At Drano Lake, anglers may fish with two poles with the endorsement through the end of the year. The anti-snagging rule remains in effect.

All anglers must have a current Washington fishing license as well as a Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement.

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