Fish & Feathers: 'Springer' fever heating up

<I>RON MALAST photo</I><BR>The new Taurus .45/.410 revolver looks to be of good quality and is reasonably priced.

Last week at a local grocery store, I noticed the price of Chinook springers. Can you believe $27.95 a pound for fresh-cut steaks? Wow!

No wonder last week on the Lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam anglers made 25,438 trips and caught 4,874 adult spring Chinook (4,874 kept and 654 released). This brings the total thus far in 2010 to 68,290 anglers and a Chinook catch of 6,682 and 1,011 released. The effort and catch totals for March are among the highest of the creel-check program (which began in 1968). Only non-selective catch in 1990 (9,000) and the 8,800 fish handled in the selective fishery in 2003 were higher.

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