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First Columbia River spring chinook caught

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

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