Fires scorch hopes for sockeye fishermen

FISHING -- The heat and smoke of wildfires is forcing some anglers to temporarily chill their enthusiasm for catching a share of the record run of sockeye heading into the upper Columbia. Pateros area is being evacuated tonight because of the Carlton Complex fires, and...

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 14, 2013

Lake Wenatchee sockeye fishing to close

FISHING -- Sockeye salmon fishing at Lake Wenatchee will close Sunday after sunset, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. Here are the details: Closure goes into effect: Aug. 18, 2013, one hour after official sunset. Reason for action: Officials estimate that sockeye...


Sockeye run downsized, but good fishing expected

FISHING -- This year's sockeye run to the upper Columbia River is about a third the size of the 2012 run, but don't let that discourage you. Last year's return of more than 500,000 sockeye was a record to behold. This year's estimate of about...


Sockeye season to open July 1 on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Sockeye will be fair game in the upper Columbia River and some a portion of the Okanogan starting Monday, according to this anouncement posted today by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife: Action:Allow retention of sockeye salmon from Priest Rapids Dam upstream...


Sockeye fishing opens Friday on Hanford Reach

FISHING -- The Hanford Reach of the Columbia River will open to fishing for sockeye salmon on Friday, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department has just announced. Here are the details: Action: Open the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River to the retention of sockeye...

FRIDAY, JAN. 4, 2013

Fewer fish to follow record sockeye year

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...

THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

TUESDAY, NOV. 20, 2012

Idaho sockeye salmon recovery effort documented

SALMON FISHERIES -- Sockeye salmon that make an incredible 900 mile journey from the ocean up the Columbia River system to reach their spawning areas in central Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains have a grim history of abuse. They also are in the spotlight of a remarkable...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

Sockeye regaining ground throughout Columbia region

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. Sockeye also are making renewed appearances in the upper reaches of the Deschutes...

TUESDAY, AUG. 21, 2012

Opportunity knocks for upper Columbia kings

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...

FRIDAY, AUG. 17, 2012

Sockeye limit increased at Lake Wenatchee

SALMON FISHING -- Starting tomorrow (Aug. 18), the daily limit for sockeye at Lake Wenatchee will increase to five fish 12 inches or longer. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife just anounced the change along with an extension of the sockeye fishing season at...

TUESDAY, AUG. 7, 2012

Brewster pool sockeye still bright, popular

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...

MONDAY, AUG. 6, 2012

Anglers greet first of 30,000 sockeye at Lake Wenatchee

FISHING -- Anglers reported easy limits of sockeye salmon when the fishing season opened Saturday at Lake Wenatchee. About 30,000 sockeye are espected to enter the lake this month. See an opening day report from Northwest Sportsman magazine.

TUESDAY, JULY 31, 2012

Latest news about Washington salmon fishing

UPDATED FISHING -- Here's what some of the region's media are saying this week about salmon fishing in Washington: Westport salmon fishing opens to 7 days a week Buoy 10 fishery expected to be a hit for salmon anglers Calling all anglers: August rich with...

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

The nicest people fish for Upper Columbia salmon

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...

Sockeye are hot item in Upper Columbia

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...

MONDAY, SEPT. 19, 2011

Idaho sockeyes return in second largest numbers since 1950

FISHERIES -- At least 1,071 Snake River sockeye salmon spawners have completed their journey from the Pacific Ocean 700 miles upstream to central Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley, making it the second largest return since the 1950s or longer. Most of the salmon moved upstream in July....

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