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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 27, 2012 at 3:44 PM

Word on Lower Columbia spring chinook fishing action

Last week on the lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam, salmon anglers made about 13,000 trips and caught 693 adult spring Chinook (594 kept and 99 released). Upriver fish comprised about 85% of the catch in Sections 1-4 but only about 35% of the catch from the mouth of the Lewis downstream.

Through March 25, there have been nearly 42,600 angler trips made with 1,176 chinook kept of which 790 were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI). In addition, 279 chinook have been released and 554 steelhead have been kept and 261 released.

Prior to the run update allocation of upriver fish, including release mortalities, will be 12,700 fish for the recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam.

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