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Monday, August 18, 2014
By Dave Graybill
There is still plenty of time to catch big summer run salmon and even sockeye on the upper Columbia River, but it’s not too early to be thinking ahead into September. The return of fall salmon to the Columbia River is projected to be an all-time high, with as many as 1.2 million entering the river this year. Many anglers took advantage of last year’s big return, and the Hanford Reach was one area that produced unbelievable numbers of fall fish. This year it will be even better. I was able to fish in the Columbia River Gorge last year, near the mouth of the Deschutes River and had a blast. I will be doing it again this year. I hope you can get out after these up river brights, and if you haven’t made plans to fish with one of our local guide services, better do it now. They will book up fast for this year’s season. Fall fish are just now passing over Bonneville Dam, but keep an eye on the counts. They will go through the roof very soon. Another thing going on right now is tuna fishing off the Washington coast. Look for a new show on my Fishing TV Page on that in early September.