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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Spring chinook fishery in Lower Columbia River picks up

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Looks like spring chinook fishing on the Lower Columbia River has taken an upswing this week, and should be prime time heading into the final days.

The lower river below Bonneville will clsoe after April 4, and don’t expect to be the only one on the water in the coming days.

Through March 27, there have been an estimated 59,160 angler trips with 3,331 adult spring chinook kept and 971 released.

80-percent (2,649 spring chinook) of the fish kept were upriver origin based upon Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

An estimated 34-percent of the 7,750 upriver catch guideline has been taken. There were also 490 steelhead kept and 375 released.

Salmon effort continues to build with over 1,400 boats and nearly 800 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s (March 26) effort flight count.

However, effort was down about a third compared to the 2,062 boats counted on Saturday March 27, 2010.

(Photo courtesy of Mark Harrison)

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