first_imgSportsmen feuded Wednesday before the Columbia River Compact whether anglers should be required to release wild summer chinook salmon in the season opening on Monday.June 16 marks the start of the summer salmon management period. The lower Columbia will be open Monday through June 30 for six salmon, although only two adult hatchery summer chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Any sockeye can be retained, but count against the two-adult limit.However, an eight-hour commercial fishery is scheduled Monday night in the lower Columbia and the gillnetters can keep any summer chinook — wild or hatchery.Tribal commercial fishing begins at 6 a.m. Monday in the Bonneville, The Dalles and John Day pools — again with wild or hatchery fish able to be retained.Beginning Saturday, any chinook — hatchery or wild — can be kept off the Washington coast.Hatchery fish are marked with a clipped adipose fin.Kevin Kuhel of Milwaukie, Ore., a member of the bistate Columbia River Recreational Advisor Group, said sportsmen are getting a raw deal.“I like to fish and I want to put fish on my table,” Kuhel testified at a hearing on Wednesday.Robert Moxley, an advisory group member from Dundee, Ore., told Washington and Oregon officials “the customer base is not happy.”“I know a lot of sport fishermen who are really ticked off having to throw fish back with a 40 percent mark rate,” said Bruce Crookshanks, a commercial fisherman from Lewis County. “Six out of 10 is a lot to throw back.”last_img