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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 19, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Lot of anglers hitting the Lower Columbia River in search of salmon and steelhead

Last week anglers on the Lower Columbia made 17,207 trips and caught 6,852 adult chinook (4,200 kept and 2,652 released), 155 steelhead (80 kept and 75 released), and 352 adult coho (112 kept and 240 released).

These numbers include the mark selective fishery between Tongue Point and Warrior Rock, where anglers made 4,900 trips and caught 3,217 adult chinook (753 kept and 2,464 released – 23-percent mark rate).

Through Sept. 16 there have been an estimated 114,145 angler trips with 21,188 adult chinook and 725 coho kept. The total preseason catch expectation for the Lower Columbia mainstem fishery was 25,100 chinook and 1,500 hatchery coho.

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