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August 24, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Lower Columbia River summer steelhead catch record broken twice in two months

It didn’t take long for the all-time steelhead catch record on the Lower Columbia River to be broken for the second time this summer, but it comes as no surprise since this has been a really strong return of fish.

The estimated 9,800 hatchery summer steelhead kept so far this month through Aug. 22 is an all time record not just for August, but any month since at least 1969, according to Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver.

Last month was the previous record at 8,549 fish.

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