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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 20, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Smelt sighting in the Cowlitz River stirs frenzy on You Tube

I read this story in The Daily News Longview by Tom Paulu, the outdoors reporter about smelt moving up the Cowlitz River.

If you recall Columbia River smelt returns have seen a downward spiral into the abyss thus they were federally listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act last May, and all fishing for them is now off-limits.

There used to be an era when millions of Pacific smelt would flood the waters of the Lower Columbia River, and head to many tributaries like the Cowlitz and Sandy rivers. Commercial and tribal fishermen, and hordes of sport dip-netters, would line the shores to catch them by the bucket loads.

In the story Paulu reports that a fairly strong smelt run has appeared in the Cowlitz River in the past two weeks.

Be sure to also check out the You Tube video that Roger Blood of Castle Rock posted on You Tube in the story.

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