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September 13, 2011 at 4:09 PM

On fast pace to shatter angler trips made in August-September in Lower Columbia

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Today’s factoids by state Fish and Wildlife biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver:

Since at least 1980, the estimated angler trips in Lower Columbia River through Sept. 11 are the second highest for the entire fall season.

The highest was 117,975 angler trips in 2009 so we’ve already set a new record.

So far 117,181 angler trips have been made Aug. 1 to Sept. 11 (with 19 more days to go this month) with 19,568 adult chinook, 11,901 summer steelhead and 945 coho kept, plus 7,851 summer steelhead and 661 coho released. Total is 77,832 angler trips made in Aug. 1-31, and 39,349 anglers trips made between Sept. 1-11.

The estimated adult fall chinook catch is the third largest. The record is 26,195 fish caught in 2003.

Last week alone on the Lower Columbia, anglers made 22,985 trips and kept 7,278 adult fall chinook, 394 coho and 271 summer steelhead.

(Photo taken by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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