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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 29, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill gears up for Columbia River summer salmon

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

Summer-salmon season and sockeye season both open on July 1st and anglers are scrambling to get geared up. We expect a strong return of summer-Chinook, with 67,000 fish, which is even with 2013.

The sockeye return is expected to be huge, with 347,000 forecast to return up the Columbia River. Sockeye are coming over Bonneville Dam at a rate of over 28,000 per day right now. In addition to the big crop of sockeye headed up the Columbia and Okanogan rivers into Canada, Lake Wenatchee is expecting the biggest return of sockeye that I have ever heard of.

Over 63,000 sockeye are forecast to reach the lake this year. All of this points to high success for anglers for both species this year, and very good catches in Central Washington salmon derbies. The Wenatchee Salmon Derby is coming up on July 18th and 19th.

Those who want to participate should visit wenatcheesalmonderby.com and get all the details. The derby boundary has been extended to include Wells Dam this year, and there is a special incentive to participate in the Wenatchee and Brewster Salmon Derby.

Visit the Wenatchee and Brewster derby web sites for the details.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

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