Prompted by good runs of returning salmon, the state has extended the fishing season on the Skokomish River. Anglers are already reporting good catches of chum salmon as the fish make their way upstream from Hood Canal.
Starting Wednesday, fishing will open for hatchery steelhead on the mainstem upper Columbia, Wenatchee, Icicle, Methow and Okanogan rivers until further notice.
The next razor clam dig opens Friday at all four beach areas that will be open this season. The only area that will not be open is Kalaloch.
With the best return of upriver fall Columbia River chinook salmon in the past 75 years, Washington and Oregon fishery managers expanded sport-fishing options below Bonneville Dam on Friday.
The daily chinook count at Bonneville Dam keeps breaking records. After a record 48,710 fish were counted Saturday, another record fell Monday when 63,870 adult fall chinook were counted. The previous record was 45,884 fish on Sept. 11, 2003.
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