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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Waiting game still on, but once Icicle River warms up expect a rush of spring chinook

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

When the water temperature on the Icicle River warms a bit anglers can expect a big rush of fish into the stream and the action on spring salmon should be red hot.

Right now the Icicle is eight degrees colder than the Wenatchee and people figure that half the expected run still hasn’t entered the river.

Based on the number of fish in the holding pond at the hatchery, the estimated tribal take and the sport angling catch, there should be at least an additional 3,000 springers entering the Icicle.

Conditions remain high and the water colored on the river, but most of the regulars and guides take plenty of fish when the water is like this. When I floated the river recently Jerrod Gibbons, of Okanogan Valley Guide Service, took the only fish I heard of that morning.

Shane Magnuson, Upper Columbia Guide Service got one on the afternoon, too, but overall the fishing was very slow.

That could change with a few warm days, though, and the fish could fill the river. It could be too late. Summer run season opens on the Columbia July 1st and most anglers will be off chasing them instead.

For details or to get Graybill’s weekly report visit Dave Graybill’s website.

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