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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 8, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Chinook present in the Cascade and Skagit rivers, but fishing is slow

I wasn’t able to get this fishing update on the Skagit and Cascade rivers into tomorrow’s paper but the good news is you’re getting it on my blog right now.

“It is not red hot, and over the weekend we only checked 69 anglers (considered a low opener turnout) with 11 fish (on the Skagit and Cascade),” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

“The water is in good shape on the Cascade, but anglers do better when it is higher,” Barkdull said. “The one problem is the river doesn’t have much holding water for salmon so they’re blasting straight up into the hatchery or staying down in the Skagit.”

The hatchery got about 100 chinook back to the Cascade River Hatchery over this past weekend, and Barkdull says there’s about 200 or so fish total at the hatchery, and they will have no problems reaching spawning escapement goals.

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