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Two arrested for illegal fishing on Columbia River, had 85 Chinook salmon on board

Lane Meanus (Photos courtesy OSP)

Two people were arrested after Oregon State Police say they illegally fished along the Columbia River, pulling in 85 Chinook salmon.

State Police found a boat without required lighting along the Columbia River at the Deschutes River Sanctuary on the night of Sept. 18. Three people on board, including a child, had used a 1,100-plus foot gillnet in the water, which exceeds state limitations of 800 feet.

Gillnets are prohibited in the Deschutes River Sanctuary.

Police say they found 85 Chinook salmon on board, along with one steelhead with a current market value of $3,500.

Lane Meanus, 26, and Ashley Leslie, 24, were arrested.

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