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MONDAY, OCT. 10, 2011

TUESDAY, OCT. 4, 2011

Brian Whitney of Manson with a 29lb+ Upper Columbia Chinook
 (Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service)

Latest salmon, steelhead fishing reports

FISHING -- Here are the latest salmon and steelhead reports from around the region: Yakima River Fall Salmon Fishery Report Sept. 26 - Oct. 2 (From WDFW): Angler effort and harvest for fall Chinook and coho continues to rise on the lower Yakima River. This...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 27, 2011

Steelhead: Fin structure good with distinct margins. Normal head, slender body.  (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Steelhead fishing opens in Upper Columbia and tribs

STEELHEAD FISHING -- Fishing for hatchery steelhead opens Wednesday (Sept. 28) on the upper Columbia River above Rock Island Dam, and on the Wenatchee, Icicle, Entiat, Methow, and Okanogan rivers, the , the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says. Salmon fishing will also reopen...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 23, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20, 2011

TUESDAY, SEPT. 13, 2011

FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011

New salmon fishery opening below Chelan powerhouse

SALMON FISHING -- Starting Wednesday (Sept. 14), Washington anglers will get their first chance to catch summer chinook salmon in the tailrace of the hydroelectric powerhouse operated by the Chelan County Public Utility District in Chelan. “This opening will test whether we can conduct a...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 2, 2011

Don McBride nets Jim Klos’ salmon while fishing on the Hanford Reach. (Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review)

Fall chinook making their move up Columbia

SALMON FISHING -- The Columbia River is getting busy again. Chinook and coho runs are building, and the fortunes of both anglers and gill-netters improving as well. The catch and fishing pressure in the lower Columbia (from Bonneville Dam 146 river miles down to the...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 24, 2011

FRIDAY, AUG. 19, 2011

Lake Roosevelt water levels trending down

COLUMBIA RIVER -- The level of Lake Roosevelt was 1286 feet this morning. High pool is 1290. For the next week, the level of Lake Roosevelt is anticipated to continuing dropping gradually, the Bureau of Reclamation reports. The predicted level of the lake by the...

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MONDAY, AUG. 1, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011

Eric Weatherman is trying to save his and the 25 other privately owned cabins on leased public land at Lake Roosevelt.    (Photos by RAJAH BOSE / The Spokesman-Review)

Lake Roosevelt OKs private cabin permits

PARKS – Special use permits will continue to be issued for private vacation cabins in the Sherman Creek and Rickey Point areas of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area, officials say. This decision was announced today by National Park Service officials after months of deliberation. An...

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FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2011

MONDAY, JULY 11, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 8, 2011

Lake Roosevelt level report on July 8, 2011. (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Lake Roosevelt levels near full pool

RESERVOIRS -- The elevation of Lake Roosevelt was nearling1,288 feet today. The lake is expected to continue filling and reach full pool of 1,290 feet around Monday, according to the Bureau of Reclamation. Once full pool is reached, the lake will be operated in the...

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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...

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Rufus Woods trout game for almost any lure

FISHING -- While many river anglers are in a deep funk over the unusually high water, fishermen focused on Lake Rufus Woods been coming home with huge smiles -- and even bigger fish -- for several weeks. Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of fish released...

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FRIDAY, JULY 1, 2011


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)

Tagged salmon must be released on upper Columbia

FISHING -- Starting Friday, all chinook and sockeye salmon with external floy (anchor) tags attached must be immediatly released if caught by anglers in the upper Columbia River system, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced Wednessday. The rule will be in effect through Oct....

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