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March 5, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Spring chinook fishery ramping up in the Lower Columbia River

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The spring chinook is now in full swing, and there have been quite a few anglers out on the water in recent days.

“There was a little uptick in catches on Friday, and then a little slower on Saturday, and slower yet by (Sunday),” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver. “We saw quite a few folks out on Saturday with 350 boats and 300 bank anglers.”

The commercial gill-net test fishery had 16 drifts on Sunday with five spring chinook and nine steelhead caught, but it was decided that there would be no full fishery this week.

Hymer says water conditions are still looking pretty good and flows are decent with fairly clear water although (water clarity) is somewhat affected from the Cowlitz downstream,” Hymer said.

“So far so good,” Hymer said.

(Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)

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