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THE WASHINGTON OUTDOORS REPORT:SALMON OPPORTUNITIES AND PUBLIC LANDS CASH

 

John Kruse

Sure Proof: Bob Loomis and I caught these sockeye fishing the Columbia River near Brewster a few seasons back – J. Kruse

SOCKEYE SALMON

Sockeye fishing opened on the Columbia River from the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco to the Highway 17 Bridge in Bridgeport on July 1st and with a two fish limit angler interest is high.

Some 200,000 sockeye had passed over Bonneville Dam as of July 1st. This is indeed a good run compared to last year's paltry returns but still about 8 percent below the 10-year average. Although the season is open now for Upper Columbia River anglers the best fishing won't happen for another week or two. As of July 1st, only 22,580 sockeye had made it over Priest Rapids Dam.

The initial hot spot for this fishery will be just below Wanapum Dam south of Vantage though some anglers ar...



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