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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 24, 2011 at 1:47 PM

First spring chinook arrives in a Columbia River tributary

We knew that the pilot run of spring chinook were milling in the Lower Columbia River mainstem after numerous catches have been verified by both sport and commercial fishermen.

Now word has it that the first springer was sighted in a tributary.

A hatchery adult spring chinook returned to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery this week, said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver.

Stay tuned as this will become what many anglers are hoping for is a decent spring season.

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