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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 7, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Spring chinook fishing somewhat slow over the weekend

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As we move forward into what many term as the meat and potatoes for the Lower Columbia River spring chinook salmon fishery, the action over this past weekend seemed to be on the slow side.

“It was kind of slow, and we saw quite a bit of effort out there,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver. “Most of the catch was up here (in Vancouver area) and it was about one fish for evert five boats.”

This past weekend state Fish and Wildlife sampled 428 boats with 44 spring chinook pet and 11 released.

The swift current and turbidity did drop down from last week, and Hymer did note that there didn’t seem to be much catch occurring from Woodland downstream and the water in that area remains a bit turbid.

(Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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