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FISHERIES — A record 515,700 sockeye salmon was counted this year at Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reports.
The run count — the most since counting began at Bonneville Dam in 1938 — far exceeded the agency's preseason forecast of 462,000 fish.
The record run translated into a record 3,400 sockeye caught by sport anglers during the summer season in river reaches below the dam.
So many fish reached the Upper Columbia, the Brewster pool region was covered with boats as anglers fished for their generous daily limits of six sockeye and six chinook.
For 2013, a total of 180,500 sockeye are predicted to return to the Columbia River basin, less than half of last year's forecast.
FISHERIES More than a century after their runs up the Cle Elum River were wiped out by dams, the sockeye are spawning again this year, thanks to a boost from fisheries programs.
Meantime, the Yakama Nation is in the fourth year of spearheading an effort to reintroduce this prized salmon species back into the Yakima River Basin.
Sockeyes bound for the Wenatchee and Okanogan rivers were trapped at Priest Rapids Dam about three months ago and trucked them to Lake Cle Elum for release. A total of 10,000 wild sockeye were released in the lake this year, a number that has grown steadily each year because of the abundance of the Columbia River sockeye run. The Yakama Nation plans to harvest fish at Priest Rapids after the overall run reaches 80,000 fish.
Ultimately, the program seeks to establish a self-sustaining run of Yakima River sockeye that will allow for a sport fishery.
The total Columbia River run this year approached 600,000 fish as daily counts set June records at Bonneville Dam.
See more in this report by the Yakima Herald-Republic.
SALMON FISHING — Fishing guide Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Fishing Guide Service says now's prime time for catching good-quality chinook salmon in the upper Columbia River near Brewster. Here's his report:
On the Brewster Pool the bite has transitioned from Sockeye to Kings. This is a short window where the Chinook are more eager to bite and still of good eating quality. These Kings will bite Super Baits and Plug Cut Super Baits as well as plug cut herring.
Mountain Dew Plug Cut Super baits 42” behind a big rotating flasher is one tried and true presentation. Fill the Super Bait with oil based tuna and dip it in your favorite sauce. We like Pautzke’s Krill Juice. Make sure your herring is fresh and cured nicely to stay on the hooks.
FISHING — Sockeye salmon fishing in the upper Columbia River is still generating plenty of interest among anglers, and good numbers of fish for the freezer.
The early morning bite in the Brewster Pool can be particularly hot, said Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service:
“The suggested formula for Sockeye would be a big Mack’s Lures Double D Dodger,” he said. “Then add a 12” leader of 30 or 40 pound test mono back to a Mack’s Mini Cha Cha Squidder in Pink & White.
“Space the hooks about 2 inches apart. Then bait the hooks with 1 inch chunks of shrimp cured in Pautzke’s Fire Cure. Fish this ensemble about 15 down to start.”
SALMON FISHING — Sockeye salmon fishing is hot at the mouth of the Okanogan River near Brewster, and it's no secret.
Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad's Family Guide Service said anglers have converged on the fishery, requiring some thought to how to cope with the crowd.
“Strap on your patience as there were 345 boats on Saturday on the Columbia at the mouth of the Okanagon,” he reports.
“Fish the edge of the old channel just above the depth you mark them on your sonar,” he said. “Pull big chrome dodgers with a short heavy leader back to a big Mack’s Lures Wedding Ring baited with a piece of Pautzke Fire Cured Shrimp.
“You can also get some Chinook fishing Super Baits behind a rotating flasher. Fill those Super Baits with oil based tuna and dip them in Pautzke’s Krill Juice.
Keep your set backs short when you are in that combat fishery at the mouth of the Okanogan. Twenty feet back is plenty. More setback will lead to tangles with other anglers.
Yes, that does have a double meaning.