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First spring chinook of season heads up Columbia River

 (Fish Passage Center)
(Fish Passage Center)

FISHING --  The first spring chinook of 2015 was recorded passing over Bonneville Dam on Sunday, Feb. 8.

We're a few months away from "Game on!"  but this is a wake up call for Columbia River anglers.

Much more surprising was last week's passage of a chrome-bright sockeye salmon.

A counter at Bonneville reported the 20-inch-long sockeye came through the dam at 6:30 p.m. on Feb 3.

Sockeye normally do not arrive until May and peak in June.

This is either the third or fourth year in a row an early-bird sockeye has been noted at Bonneville. A record-breaking run of sockeye was recorded in the Columbia last year.

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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