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THURSDAY, AUG. 2, 2012

TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012

The Gallo family of Puyallup display a nice catch of Brewster Pool sockeye salmon. (Anton Jones)

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...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012

Tagged salmon must be released in upper Columbia

SALMON FISHING -- Starting July 1, anglers will be required to rlease all chinook and sockeye with external floy tags and/or with one or more holes (round, approximately ¼ inch diameter) punched in the caudal (tail) fin. The Washington Fish and Wildlife announced the rule...

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MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012

Columbia River tribal fishermen net salmon for personal use and for sale. (Columbia River Treaty Tribes)

Columbia Tribes selling salmon along river

COMMERCIAL FISHING -- If you don't have a way to catch your own salmon with hook and line, the Columbia River Treaty Tribes are out to fill the voide. Members of the Warm Springs, Umatilla, Yakama, and Nez Perce tribes have begun their summer commercial...

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012

Don Burks, of Yakima, displays part of his catch, taken over a couple of days at the Brewster Pool. He and many other anglers have been doing better than usual because of the record run of sockeye salmon.  (Jesse Tinsley)

Huge summer runs of chinook, sockeye forecast

SALMON FISHING -- Although forecasts for the 2012 spring chinook salmon run turned out to be overly optimistic, Northwest fish managers are projecting a large return of summer chinook to the Columbia River and a record-breaking run of sockeyes. And the forecast for the fall...

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MONDAY, MAY 21, 2012

A sea lion eats a salmon in the Columbia River near Bonneville Dam. Wildlife biologists in Oregon and Washington say hungry sea lions at the mouth of the Columbia River are responsible for the rapid decline in numbers of sturgeon in the river. (Associated Press)

Sea lions raising hell above Bonneville Dam 

PREDATORS -- Like the cormorants that move in ahead of them, California sea lions are leaving their original saltwater hunting areas to chase fish inland as they go up the Columbia River. At least three, and maybe four of the big marine mammals this year...

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 9, 2012

MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012

THURSDAY, JAN. 26, 2012

Salmon anglers on the Wind River, a Columbia River tributary in Skamania County, could have a whopping good time if forecasts hold true. (File)

Good spring chinook run headed for Wind, Drano

SALMON FISHING -- State biologists are forecasting good returns of spring chinook salmon this year to Wind River and Drano Lake, popular sport-fishing spots in the Columbia River Gorge. The prediction is for 8,400 adult spring chinook to enter the Columbia destined for the Wind...

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SUNDAY, JAN. 22, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 17, 2012

TUESDAY, JAN. 3, 2012

Lisa Murray of Bellevue with a 13.1 pound triploid rainbow trout caught while bait fishing at Lake Rufus Woods in December 2011.
 (Anton Jones)

Rufus Woods triploids taking the bait

FISHING -- Bait fishing for triploid rainbow trout has been hot at Lake Rufus Woods, especially near the lower net pens, says Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad's Family Guide Service. New flavors of Pautzke baits work, he said. "Mallow Balls O’ Fire, American Wildfire,...

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THURSDAY, DEC. 29, 2011

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 14, 2011

MONDAY, DEC. 12, 2011

THURSDAY, DEC. 8, 2011

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service poses with a 9-pound triploid rainbow from Lake Rufus Woods. (Courtesy photo)

Rufus Woods triploids fewer but bigger

FISHING -- Here's the latest fishing report from Lake Rufus Woods on the Columbia River downstream from Grande Coulee Dam. It comes from Anton Jones (above with a 9-pound triploid rainbow) of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service. This is a great time to fish...

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THURSDAY, NOV. 10, 2011

FRIDAY, NOV. 4, 2011

THURSDAY, NOV. 3, 2011


TUESDAY, OCT. 18, 2011

Record book confirms salmon fishing is catching on

SALMON FISHING -- The record effort for salmon fishing in the lower Columbia River continues to grow, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department reports. Through September, an estimated 27,490 adult fall chinook have been caught in the lower Columbia mainstem sport fishery from the Rocky...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 11, 2011

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