Greg Johnson sets 200 fathoms of net across a section of the Columbia River near St. Helens Sunday night.
Last night I went fishing for fall chinook salmon with gill netter Greg Johnson. We started as the sun was setting, and I bailed after just two sets. Johnson was planning to fish from 7 pm last night to 7 am this morning.
Johnson estimated this chinook salmon weighs about 32 pounds.
The gill net fleet does a lot of its fishing at night mainly to avoid overlapping with sport fisheries.
While I was on board, Johnson caught and kept seven fall chinook and released several sturgeon.
One of the salmon was a jack – a salmon that returns to the river a year early – and another was what Johnson estimated to be a 32-pound upriver bright.