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Slow start to upper Columbia chinook fishing

SALMON FISHING -- High water and gusty winds hindered the opening weekend of chinook salmon fishing on the upper Columbia River.

The Wenatchee World reports the water was rough and fishermen say they’re getting few bites.

Glen Sagdal of East Wenatchee said he and a friend caught 12 fish last year on opening weekend. On Friday they caught zero salmon.

Fishing boats were battling a strong current and rough water and some people report the waves are so rough that guides are getting seasick, the World reported.

The fishing wasn’t as disappointing at Wanapum, where Jerrod Gibbons of Okanogan Valley Guide Service said he had five bites Friday and pulled in one 25 pounder. Gibbons said the fish are late, but they’re coming.

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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