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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Icicle River spring chinook fishery still going strong

Here is the fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

Fishing the Icicle River is always a great experience. I can’t think of a prettier river to float this time of year. Everything is green, except the snowcapped peaks that loom over you as you make your way down the river.

The fact the fishing is darn good helps add to the experience.

I jumped on board Shane Magnuson’s, Upper Columbia Guide Service, boat the other day with my video camera, to capture the action for one of my Fishing TV Shows.

As you can imagine, the river is running high with some color, but Magnuson likes it that way.

The two clients that he had that day hooked six spring salmon and they managed to land three of them. The fast water makes battling these bright spring salmon a real work out.

There are some snags in some of the holes that the fish like, and the fish seem to know right where they and will dive down and wrap around them before you can do anything about it.

According to Magnuson, at the rate the fish are arriving to the Icicle combing with the high water, this could mean good fishing for the springers late into July this season.

For details visit Dave Graybill’s website.

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