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First Columbia River spring chinook caught

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Jan. 27, 2011 at 9:34 am with No Comments »
January 27, 2011 9:34 am

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.

Hymer said updates on future commercial landings can be found here.

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