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Chinook are waiting in our own back yard

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WENATCHEE — Steadily, salmon are moving past sweltering downtown Wenatchee, swimming silently deep in the currents resolute in reaching their home tributary to breed and finish their life’s journey. As temperatures heat the streets, the serious angler plans for the hour when he might battle a king into his boat.

The opening week of chinook season on the upper Columbia is cooking in more ways than one. The best time to catch the migrating fish is during the cool morning temperatures. At 4 a.m. the river valley sits in contrast to the same site 12 hours later when heat waves ripple off the pavement. Guides set their boats into the river, and the only waves they see are reflecting the sliver of a moon that provides little light on the silent morning.

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