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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 19, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Lower Columbia tributaries steelhead returns not as good as last summer

While summer steelhead catches on the Lower Columbia mainstem have been good, it appears hatchery summer steelhead returns to Washington lower tributary facilities are lagging behind last year.

Here are the figures through mid-July:

Cowlitz River Hatchery: 3,026 in 2010, and 1,756 so far this summer.

Kalama River Hatchery: 1,130 in 2010, and 239 so far this summer.

Lewis River Hatchery: 3,606 in 2010, and 727 so far this summer.

Skamania (Washougal) Hatchery: 1,354 in 2010, and 1,223 so far this summer.

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