That cheer you might be hearing from the Columbia River is the reaction to the news that the first spring chinook are showing up.
Joe Hymer, a state Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist, said two springers have been caught this week.
The first fish was caught in Zone 2, between the Pacific-Wahkiakum county line and Wahkiakum-Cowlitz county line. The 18-pound fish, a lower river stock spring chinook, was caught during the commercial white sturgeon fishery, but regulations allow adipose fin clipped salmon to be sold. The salmon sold for $16 a pound, Hymer said.
The second spring chinook, a 24.5-pounder, was caught Wednesday in the commercial white sturgeon fishery. Hymer said it was caught in Zone 4 which runs from the mouth of the Lewis River up to the Clark/Skamania county line.