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July 31, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS Weekend Fishing Opportunities: The fall salmon season opens Friday August 1 from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam.  Over 1,500,000 fall Chinook and 600,000 coho are expected to return to the Columbia this fall. Summer steelhead fishing is good in the Columbia gorge and near the mouths of some tributaries. White sturgeon…

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July 31, 2014 at 10:18 AM

South King County PSA Salmon Derby is Saturday

The South King County Puget Sound Anglers Salmon Derby is Saturday, Aug. 2 from daylight until 1 p.m., and is part of the Northwest Salmon Derby Series. Fishing is allowed in Marine Catch Areas 10, 11 and 13 only. The weigh in stations will be at the Des Moines Marina, Point Defiance Park Marina in Tacoma…

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July 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Ocean salmon and tuna fisheries remain top choice

The ocean continues to be hot spot central for salmon and tuna fishing. “We saw a 1.3 salmon per person average this week at Ilwaco, and most of the catch is still coho, but chinook fishing picked up Monday and Tuesday,” said Wendy Beeghly, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “In Westport we saw more coho…

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July 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Pacific Salmon Commission update on Fraser River sockeye returns

Here is the latest Pacific Salmon Commission news release from July 25 on the state of summer sockeye headed to the Fraser River in southern British Columbia: The Fraser River Panel met July 25 to review assessment data on Fraser River sockeye salmon. The migration of sockeye through marine and lower Fraser River assessment areas as well as…

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July 29, 2014 at 10:41 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead Cowlitz River – Boat anglers averaged nearly a hatchery summer run steelhead per person while bank anglers averaged over a spring Chinook jack per rod.  Most of the steelhead were sampled at Blue Creek and Mission Bar; the salmon at the barrier dam. Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,217 summer-run steelhead, 130 spring Chinook adults, 74…

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July 29, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Flurry of small hatchery coho show up off Sekiu

The latest catch numbers in the state Fish and Wildlife fish checks show a spike in hatchery coho fishing success although quantity makes up for their small size. “Those little hatchery coho showed up off Sekiu, but the chinook just aren’t there like they should be, and not much is happening at Port Angeles,” said Larry…

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July 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM

Steady stream of sockeye entering Lake Wenatchee

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler: We had some windy and wet weather on Lake Wenatchee last week, and that was a hindrance for sockeye salmon anglers. We are passed that now and fishing just keeps getting better and better. They estimate that close to 35,000 sockeye…

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