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Strong salmon return allows liberal summer Lower Columbia fishing season

It has been one great ride for salmon anglers on the Lower Columbia River, which started back in early spring and now is expected to carry well into the summer. State Fish and Wildlife decided this week to keep the summer salmon fishery on the Lower Columbia to remain open through this month, and revised...

Latest state Fish and Wildlife data shows good ocean salmon catches

Here is a rundown on coastal salmon catch figures gathered by state Fish and Wildlife on how fishing success fared: ILWACO 79,400 hatchery coho catch quota and 15,000 chinook: 134 anglers June 13-14 with 75 chinook and 120 hatchery-marked coho for 1.46 catch per rod average (0.56 for chinook and 0.90 for coho); 1,337 anglers...

Lake Washington sockeye building, but a far cry from any possible fishery

The Lake Washington sockeye return continues to climb upward, but still nowhere on pace to have a summer fishery. Through Tuesday, June 30, the sockeye figure has jumped to 9,032 at the Ballard Locks fish counter. Single-day counts began on June 12 with 87; June 13, none; June 14, 61; June 15, 46; June 16,...

Plenty of sockeye moving upstream despite poor fishing on Skagit River

The Skagit River sockeye fishery has slowed down at midweek, and most of that is blamed on the poor water conditions. “The water is pretty dirty from the Suiattle (River) downstream, which slowed fishing, but there sockeye are still around,” said Brett Barkdull, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Many are wondering if the fish...

Oregon Fish and Wildlife Columbia River fishing reports

COLUMBIA FISHING REPORTS Weekend Fishing Opportunities: Angling for summer Chinook, sockeye and summer steelhead is open between the Astoria-Megler Bridge and the OR/WA border. Shad angling is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. The Bonneville Pool is open to the retention of white sturgeon Friday July 3 – Sunday July 5, 2015....

Male body pulled from Green River near Auburn

A male body was pulled from the water at the Auburn Narrows Natural Area Wednesday afternoon. Someone reported seeing the body in the Green River around 3:45 p.m., King County Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Stan Seo said. Officials confirmed the body is male, but haven't determined his age or manner or cause of death. Auburn...

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Dragonfly in detail

Seattle Times reader Lynn Colwell’s photo of a perching dragonfly at Bellevue Botanical Garden.

Marine salmon fishing expands to many areas of Puget Sound and Strait

Summer salmon fishing has started to ramp up with opportunities growing in Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and San Juan Islands. Central and northern Puget Sound opened Wednesday (July 1) for coho and pinks - release chinook and chum - with fairly decent success by charter boat operators. “It wasn’t slam-dunk coho...