Fish & Feathers: Plan your tuna trip now

<p>Locally caught tuna don't come much bigger than this one caught during a recent season. The 2011 albacore season is right around the corner, with waters beginning to warm offshore.</p>

Yes, I know that salmon season is just starting in the ocean, Buoy 10 is opening Aug. 1, and sturgeon season will still be open until July 31. But the albacore season is just around the corner.

NOAA water temperature analysis maps inside the 125-line are showing a patch of 59-degree water just off the mouth of the Columbia River and a patch of warmer water just below that. When the bigger stretch of warm water from Northern California meets up - it's tuna time.

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