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Monday, July 9, 2018
By Dave Graybill
Both summer run kings and sockeye continue to move up the Columbia River to our region. Over 160,000 sockeye have passed over Bonneville Dam and are still coming at over 5,000 per day. At Priest Rapids sockeye are passing over the dam at over 10,000 a day and summer run kings at over 1,000 a day. Fishing for both kings and sockeye continues to be good at Wanapum, Rocky Reach and below Wells Dams. I would suggest that you get after the sockeye as soon as possible. These fish race up the Columbia River and will be gone before you know it. The thermal barrier at the mouth of the Okanogan River really hasn’t set up yet, so the sockeye are heading straight through to Canada. This isn’t such a bad thing really, as there is a hatchery near Penticton that can release five million sockeye smolts—if they get enough fish to the site. There are very good numbers of hatchery fish being taken this year. This is in part due to the releases at the Colville Tribal hatchery in Bridgeport. Remember, when you see the tribal seiner operating on the Columbia at Brewster it is gathering brood stock for future releases of summer runs that we all get a shot at.