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Fishing report: Hot salmon fishing at Sekiu

Here are some early reports as I work on the fishing report for Wednesday’s newspaper:


Hood Canal: A few chinook are being caught, but the action is far from hot and heavy, Adams said.

Sekiu: The salmon fishing has been very good, with anglers catching mostly chinook but also a fair number of coho. There were 281 anglers checked by the state at Sekiu docks Saturday and their catch included 111 chinook and 66 coho.


Merwin: The lake is fishing well for tiger muskies. The fish are holding amid the growing weed beds and among fallen trees along

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FISHING REPORT: Some good news for steelhead anglers

Here is an early peek at Wednesday’ fishing report as I compile information from around the region:

Columbia: The abundance of spring chinook is increasing in the lower river, but catch rates were poor last weekend. In the Portland-to-Longview area, boat anglers averaged 0.09 spring chinook per boat, while boat anglers in the estuary averaged 0.07 spring chinook caught per boat. Sturgeon fishing has been slow.

Cowlitz: Fishing has been off and on, but showing signs of improvement. Boaters putting in at Blue Creek are doing well for steelhead and getting a few spring chinook, said Marshall Borsom

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State announces closure of major North Puget Sound rivers because of poor steelhead returns

After closure of fishing in several South Sound river systems, today’s announcement that the major North Sound systems will also be closed should come as no surprise. In fact, North Sound fishing guru Mike Chamberlain of Ted’s Sports Center said he heard the closures were coming when I talked to him this morning while doing Wednesday’s fishing report.

Any way, here is the news …

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife just announced that fishing for steelhead and other game fish will be closed next week in the Nooksack, Snohomish, Stillaguamish and Skagit river systems, as well as several

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Record steelhead count at Bonneville Dam

The steelhead count at Bonneville Dam continues to set records. The 54,357 steelhead counted at through Wednesday is a new record, said state fish biologist Joe Hymer. The previous record was 50,361 fish in 2001.

Another interesting fact about this year’s steelhead count to date is 24,622 (45 percent) have been wild based upon observations of presence/absence of adipose fins of fish passing the counter windows, Hymer said.


Salmon, steelhead limit raised on Klickitat

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife late yesterday afternoon announced that Klickitat River anglers will be able to retain two hatchery chinook, hatchery steelhead or one of each as part of their daily limit.

The change will be in effect from April 3 through May 31. The river will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays only.

The rule change covers the stretch of the Klickitat from mouth to the Fisher Hill Bridge, located about 3 miles upstream from the mouth.

The state made the change because 4,500 adult spring chinook are expected to return to the Klickitat this

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Puyallup among rivers to close Thursday to steelhead fishing

Poor steelhead returns are forcing the state to close fishing on more rivers. Five major systems around Puget Sound will close on Thursday, including the Puyallup River.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the closure also will affect the Nooksack, Stillaguamish, Samish and Snohomish rivers and their tributaries.

Pre-season estimates developed by the department indicate that returns of wild steelhead will fall far short of target levels in all five river systems, said Bob Leland, WDFW steelhead manager.

“This is the fourth straight year that we’ve seen a downward trend in wild steelhead returns,” Leland said in a

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Virus found in Bogachiel Hatchery, steelhead eggs to be destroyed

The discovery of a waterborne fish virus is forcing the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to destroy all the steelhead eggs collected this winter at the Bogachiel Hatchery.

The department is planning a public meeting Saturday in Forks to discuss plans to destroy about 250,000 eggs and other moves to contain the spread of the virus. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. to noon at the Forks Sportsman’s Club, 243 Sportsman’s Club Road, Forks.

The virus, Infectious Hematopoietic Necrosis, was discovered in returning adult winter-run steelhead at the Bogachiel Hatchery. Eggs taken from those fish at the hatchery

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Skagit, Sauk due to close early

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced plans to close the Skagit and Sauk Rivers to all fishing because of a low return of wild steelhead.

Here are the location and effective closure dates:

Skagit River: From the mouth upstream to Highway 536 at the Memorial Highway Bridge in Mount Vernon will be closed Feb.16 through April 30.

Skagit River: From the Highway 536 bridge in Mount Vernon upstream to the Gorge Powerhouse will be closed Feb.16 through May 31.

Sauk River: From the mouth upstream to the Whitechuck River will be closed Feb. 16 through

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