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States reject call to halt spring chinook angling

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State officials on Monday rejected pleas by tribal and gillnet fishermen to shut down the huge lower Columbia spring chinook sport fishery until more salmon pass upstream of Bonneville Dam. The count at Bonneville through Sunday is just 1,110 spring chinook, compared to a 10-year average of 23,938. The count through April 12 a year ago was 4,311.