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The nicest people fish for Upper Columbia salmon

Don Burks, of Yakima, displays part of his catch, taken over a couple of days at the Brewster Pool. He and many other anglers have been doing better than usual because of the record run of sockeye salmon.  (Jesse Tinsley)
Don Burks, of Yakima, displays part of his catch, taken over a couple of days at the Brewster Pool. He and many other anglers have been doing better than usual because of the record run of sockeye salmon. (Jesse Tinsley)

SALMON FISHING -- Crowds of anglers are postponing their Alasaka dream trip because there's no reason to leave Washington.

The record run of sockeye salmon booming up the Columbia is attracting large numbers of people to the upper reaches of the river near Brewster, as we've beem mentioning in our weekly fishing report.

Get the latest tip on catching the sockeye here.

An observation of special interest just came in from Jeff Holmes, a Tri-Cities-based angler/writer, who recently returned from bagging limits of salmon.

Those sockeye are easy to catch, relatively speaking.  What a pleasant fishery of polite anglers and no fighting.  Very different from mid-Columbia.

Can anyone explain when one congregation of anglers can be civil while others are gnarly?




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