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Fishing with a ‘Family Secret’

Charles Telakis of the Yakama Nation resets a salmon pole Thursday, May 9, one of many in a long line of poles, as he fishes with hook and line for spring salmon at the Rufus Landing Recreation Area in Rufus. He uses a railroad spike for weight, a spin-and-glow baited with "a family secret" floating above. The spring run is picking up, he noted, and typically continues through mid June. Sport salmon fishing is closed on the Columbia River, but tribal subsistance fishing continues.

Charles Telakis of the Yakama Nation resets a salmon pole Thursday, May 9, one of many in a long line of poles, as he fishes with hook and line for spring salmon at the Rufus Landing Recreation Area in Rufus. He uses a railroad spike for weight, a spin-and-glow baited with "a family secret" floating above. The spring run is picking up, he noted, and typically continues through mid June. Sport salmon fishing is closed on the Columbia River, but tribal subsistance fishing continues. Photo by Mark Gibson.

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A long row of salmon poles line the shore of the Columbia River in Rufus. Sport salmon fishing is closed on the Columbia River, but tribal subsistance fishing continues.

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Sport salmon fishing is closed on the Columbia River, but tribal substance fishing is going strong. Bells are used to alert nearby fisherman that their lure has been taken by a fish.

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A Tidewater Barge Lines tugboat passes in front of a salmon pole, with bell, at Rufus Landing Recreation Area.

— Sport salmon fishing is closed on the Columbia River, but tribal subsistance fishing is going strong near Rufus and elsewhere.

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