First spring chinook salmon caught on lower Columbia River

Albert DaSilva of Longview with his 11-pound hatchery prizeMitchell Johnson  The year's first official hatchery spring chinook salmon was landed Sunday on the Columbia River by Albert DaSilva of Longview, Wash., who was fishing at anchor with his son,...

First spring chinook salmon caught on lower Columbia River

Albert DaSilva of Longview with his 11-pound hatchery prizeMitchell Johnson 

The year's first official hatchery spring chinook salmon was landed Sunday on the Columbia River by Albert DaSilva of Longview, Wash., who was fishing at anchor with his son, Nickolas.

DaSilva's catch was reported on a local fishing Web site, Ifish.net., which requires a photo of both the fish and a current daily newspaper in the same frame.

His salmon won him a new fishing rod and eight flashers.

DaSilva said the 11-pound fish bit a pink/white Spin-N-Glo threaded with a coon shrimp.

"I'm going home and cook some," he said Monday afternoon.

-- Bill Monroe

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