The salmon fishery in the Pacific Northwest is one of the most regulated fisheries in the world. Data is constantly being recorded and seasons opened or closed depending upon the results of that data. It is only through this rigorous data collection and active fishery management that the diverse interests of native tribes and commercial and recreational fisherman are able to be balanced.

In the summer, there is typically an early season that is set by the management council. Depending upon the actual results of the early season, a later season is set. Salmon returns this year have been phenomenal, resulting in an extended fishing season. If you want to catch trophy salmon, find out all the details in this article from The Oregonian.

sockeyejpg-78615c292301ce8bChinook salmon fishing will reopen Friday on the lower Columbia River through the end of July, running sport seasons into uninterrupted fishing through fall.

Oregon and Washington biologists approved the unusual July extension, the second in as many weeks, during a telephone conference call Wednesday.

Both the summer chinook and sockeye salmon run estimates were revised upward on Monday to 74,000 and 560,000 respectively. Biologists said sockeye numbers remain strong enough at Bonneville to suggest a near-record and possibly a record run of endangered Snake River sockeye.

Permanent regulations open the river to chinook fishing Aug. 1, from Buoy 10 upriver, meaning an early segue of salmon fishing into fall seasons below Bonneville Dam.

The open zone until Aug. 1 is the Astoria/Megler Bridge upriver to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

Photos: Columbia River Fishing Guides (top); The Oregonian (above)

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Joe is an avid saltwater angler. He grew up in Washington State on the south end of Puget Sound where he first started fishing as a boy catching perch, flounder, rockfish, and occasionally salmon. Today, Joe lives in Southern California where he fishes off beaches and jetties, kayaks, and sportfishing boats. Joe writes about his saltwater adventures in the SoCal Salty blog, and for Western Outdoor News.