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July 7, 2010 at 10:51 AM

Columbia River sockeye return still going strong

Everyday adds to the new record sockeye return in the Columbia River.

Through July 6, 353,043 sockeye have been counted at Bonneville Dam (and that does not include any sport catch below the dam).

The old record as measured when Bonneville Dam was completed in 1938 was 335,300 fish in 1947.

What that means for sport fisheries in Lake Wenatchee are still up in the air until the actual numbers of sockeye start arriving back there. Last summer the lake hosted a brief sport fishery.

The bulk of sockeye are heading to the Okanogan River with some turning and moving up the Wenatchee River, and a smaller portion of the run making the really long journey to the Snake River in Idaho.

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