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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 2, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Latest state Fish and Wildlife Lower Columbia salmon catches

Here is another fact related to the massive Columbia River salmon by Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist: Last week on the Lower Columbia, anglers made 10,927 trips and caught 2,219 adult Chinook (1,987 kept and 232 released) 659 adult coho (421 kept and 238 released) and 46 summer steelhead (26 kept and 20…

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October 1, 2014 at 5:08 PM

Lower Yakima River chinook catches continue to increase this past week

Here is the latest catch figures from Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco: This past week WDFW staff interviewed 136 anglers fishing for salmon in the lower Yakima River with 29 adult chinook and 5 coho harvested.  Chinook are finally beginning to show and the fishing is picking up quickly. Anglers averaged…

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October 1, 2014 at 4:41 PM

Angler lands a 23 pound chinook at Sekiu on Wednesday

The Strait of Juan de Fuca clear into Puget Sound continues to offer anglers good coho fishing, and in some places you can add chinook to the catch. In fact, Larry Bennett, the head state Fish and Wildlife checker in the Strait reported that Wednesday (Oct. 1) a 23 pound chinook salmon was landed and weighed…

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October 1, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Coho fishing action building in many Puget Sound region rivers

The recent rainstorms have been a boon for river salmon anglers with good numbers of coho heading upstream. “It is getting better all the time with good numbers of coho in the Skagit, and is getting more and more consistent all the time,” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “I heard they’re knocking…

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October 1, 2014 at 2:18 PM

Columbia River adult coho returns the second highest seen since 1938

Here’s some interesting data from state Fish and Wildlife biologist Joe Hymer on the Columbia River salmon returns: The 181,514 adult coho counted at Bonneville Dam through September 30 is the 2nd highest since at least 1938.  The record is 225,388 fish in 2001. Coho jack counts at Bonneville Dam through September 30 are the 3rd highest…

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October 1, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Grays Harbor flooded with big coho salmon

Start making plans in the near future to take a salmon fishing trip to Grays Harbor. “I fished Grays Harbor on Sunday and Monday, and we hooked 26 gorgeous coho averaging 8 to 15 pounds during the afternoon high water,” said Tony Floor, the director of sport fishing affairs for the Northwest Marine Trade Association. The main…

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September 30, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Dungeness crab fishing season reopens Wednesday in many marine areas

Dungeness crab lovers will get another chance to fish for them beginning Wednesday, Oct. 1, in most marine areas. State Fish and Wildlife conducted their summer crab assessments and found that enough in the sport quota remained to allow a fishery that will stay open daily in most areas of Puget Sound through Dec. 31. Marine areas…

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