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The Lower Columbia River salmon fishery was off to a stellar start.

According to Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist, it was the best Buoy 10 opener since 2001 when anglers averaged nearly two-thirds of a coho per rod. It should be noted 1.1 million coho returned that year.  This year’s preseason forecast is 539,600 fish.

Here are the fish checks:

Saturday, Aug. 1: 87 boats with 249 anglers caught 23 chinook and 168 coho; and Sunday, Aug. 2: 76 boats with 207 anglers caught 25 chinook and 134 coho.