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Monday, July 7, 2014
By Dave Graybill
Summer-run salmon and sockeye are pouring over our dams in amazing numbers this year, and anglers are focused on fishing either above or below them. Conditions below Wanapum Dam are the best I have ever seen, as flows are reduced as repairs are made on the dam. Fishing above Rocky Reach Dam is reaching its peak with as many as 1,500 summer runs, and 6,000 sockeye are coming over the dam. These numbers will get even bigger as more fish arrive. The water is rough at Wells Dam, but the fish are there. The sockeye fishing should really get good in the next week or so. Speaking of dams, I got a tour of the new fish passage facilities at both Wanapum and Priest Rapids Dams. It was fun to watch the summer run and sockeye pass through the new up river outlet that looks like a water park feature. The fish seem to love it. One day over 14,000 sockeye used it to move up stream. The new down stream fish passage gates at Priest Rapids are very impressive. Grant County PUD has invested tens of millions to keep their fish passage survival rates at 98 percent.