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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 2, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Columbia River spring chinook biting or not?

According to a reliable state Fish and Wildlife source the spring chinook bite yesterday on the Lower Columbia both above and below the I-5 Bridge was about as good as it gets.

Could this be the moment every angler craves in this remarkable fishery?

The source Joe Hymer on his lunch break took a nice hatchery-marked chinook that weighed about 18 or 20 pounds yesterday near the I-5 Bridge on his second pass of the afternoon.

Numerous guides on the river yesterday also reported four, five and six fish per trip.

Hymer said the final tally at both Vancouver and the Camas-Washougal areas showed it was about a half-a-fish per boat average.

Now here is where the head scratching starts.

Hymer went back out this morning and reported it was slower around Davis Bar just across from the Willamette River mouth.

“We got one in the box, and had two or three other opportunities, and it was much slower with a little bite below the bridge first thing in the morning and definitely slower than yesterday above the bridge,” Hymer said.

That is the saga of this fishery.

Here today and maybe gone by tomorrow. But, the good news is this fishery is still gaining ground and will only get better heading into this month

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