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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 28, 2011 at 2:58 PM

Lower Columbia adult chinook catch is the second largest in more than 30 years

It is now official.

The adult chinook catch of 25,677 on the Lower Columbia River is now the second largest since at least 1980. The standing record is 26,195 fish in 2003.

Last week on the Lower Columbia, anglers made 7,642 trips and kept 1,919 adult fall chinook, 132 coho and 32 steelhead.

In addition they released 224 adult chinook, 205 coho and 26 steelhead.

Effort dropped to about 650 boats last Saturday, but catch rates are still decent overall and excellent in the Bonneville area, where Tuesday, Sept. 27, 14 boats kept 61 adult fall chinook.

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