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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Lower Columbia River reopens Saturday for sockeye as well as hatchery steelhead

It is a sockeye bonanza in many parts of the state, and while some you can’t fish for there are others and starting Saturday (July 13) you can add the Lower Columbia River back onto the list of places to go.

“They are still catching fish down toward Cathlamet, and a pretty strong tail end of the run and we’ve peaked,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist.

The preseason forecast was 180,500 sockeye, but if we get more than 165,000 then fishing can reopen, and as of Thursday, July 12 there was 167,000 over Bonneville Dam.

Single day fish counts at the dam show about 3,100 were moving up the fish ladder, and more are still migrating upstream.

When the Lower Columbia River reopens the two sockeye may be part of the daily catch limit.

Fishing will be open through July 31 from the Astoria-Megler Bridge up to Bonneville Dam where fishing has been closed since June 30.

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