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How You Can Best Take Advantage Of A Record Breaking Salmon Run

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Last year we told you about a record breaking Columbia River Salmon run and this year that record is already broken. Last year we told you about a record breaking Columbia River Salmon run and this year that record is already broken.
NBCRightNow.com – Last year we told you about a record breaking Columbia River Salmon run and this year that record is already broken.

If you fish or even if you've never fished, it's time to get on the water. It might look simple, but there's plenty of technique behind catching some of these salmon. We went out with Bruce Hewitt of Going Fishing Guide Service and he gave us a crash course along with trade secrets he's willing to share.

"I would hope to at least duplicate what last year was. Last year, we thought that was pretty incredible," explained Hewitt.

Hundreds of thousands of fish are climbing the ladders near our dams and this week the Army Corps of Engineers counted a record breaking 67,521 Fall Chinook Salmon in a single day.

"I add a little bit of salt and sugar too," said Hewitt as he prepared his bait. He uses tuna but adds in some extra ingredients that make it smelly.

"There's a big hole that they call the punch bowl that's down below the N reactor."

As far as fishing holes go you can often find him near the Hanford Reach trolling down at a good pace.

"When they start releasing the water to generate power, that surge of water is enough to get the to bite."

Hewitt is always online looking for water levels and what the dams in our area will be doing.

"Now, the bad side of that is is when the water's been low and all of a sudden they raise it. it stirs a lot of the weeds lose here on the bottom."

He says the fish get scared when they see the weeds caught on the line.

We had a chance Friday to reel one in, but it was the one that got away. When all else fails he says look around, be observant and watch what other anglers are doing and where they're going. They might just follow you too.

“When you hook a fish and that fish starts going where he wants to go and you got other boats around you it can be kind of a circus out here."

As the Fall Chinook season kicks off, Hewitt says limit changes allow you to take home three adult fish. That's anything longer than 24 inches. If you purchase a second pole endorsement you can also have two rods to a person, which you just might need to take advantage this giant salmon run. 
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