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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 21, 2009 at 3:48 PM

Summer steelhead return increases dramatically on the Columbia River

Wow, the upriver summer steelhead run heading back to the Columbia River just got a lot bigger.

State and tribal fisheries managers met today and boosted the steelhead run size to 425,000 fish up from the preseason forecast of 278,900.

Overall, the 2009 forecast was similar to the recent 10-year average of 357,000 fish. Through Aug. 20, 377,079 have been counted at Bonneville Dam.

Daily counts at Bonneville exceeding 12,000 steelhead have been the norm for most days since Aug. 11, with the largest single-day count occurring on Aug. 13 with 34,053. On Aug. 20, 15,540 were tallied at the fish counter.

Fishing below Bonneville in the Vancouver downstream and Longview downstream, and in the tributaries of Bonneville Pool like Drano Lake and the White Salmon River has been very good in recent days.

Lower river tributaries like the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis have also has some fairly decent steelhead fishing

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