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Chinook harvest in lower Columbia highest on record

A summer chinook dwarfs sockeye salmon in a cooler. (Rich Landers)
A summer chinook dwarfs sockeye salmon in a cooler. (Rich Landers)

FISHING -- The 5,928 adult summer chinook kept from the lower Columbia mainstem sport fishery this year is the largest catch since at least 1965, reports Joe Hymer, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife salmon expert in Vancouver. 

The previous record was 5,160 adults caught in 2011. 

And in case you haven't been paying attention, a stampede of fall chinook is heading into the Hanford Reach.



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