I got word from Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver about some tasty preliminary tidbits from the Lower Columbia River.
During August 1-31, salmon anglers made 47,100 trips on the Lower Columbia River with 5,663 adult chinook and 6,000 summer steelhead kept, plus another 3,700 steelhead released. The total effort, fall chinook and steelhead catch numbers are all record highs for the month of August since records began in 1969. The previous records for August were 5,133 fall chinook in 2002 while 4,525 steelhead were kept in 2007.
For comparison, the fishery peaked in 2003 when anglers made 113,000 angler trips during an entire uninterrupted fishery. Last year, the Lower Columbia was closed for chinook retention in August.