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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 22, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Lower Columbia River spring chinook bite improving

Here’s a quick update on how the Lower Columbia River spring chinook fishery turned out this past weekend.

“It was a little bit better at Cathlamet but by (Sunday) it slowed down, and it is generally improving around Vancouver,” said Joe Hymer, state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “It was about one fish for every four boats last weekend, and we counted 1,600 boats. Some days it gets up to half a fish per boat, but we haven’t seen anything better than that yet.”

The commercial test fishery on Sunday yielded a lot of steelhead in their catch and they also got more spring chinook. The state Fish and Wildlife managers were meeting today to see if a commercial fishery would occur in the lower river this week.

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