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It’s make-or-break time for salmon

A flyover of Lane County leaves little doubt that fall has come to western Oregon. The rain that fell last week broke the cycle of summer-like days into late September. More rain and cooler temperatures are in this weekend’s weather forecast, too. Over on the Lane County coast most anglers have turned their attention to chasing the fall chinook salmon that are staged throughout the Siuslaw River estuary, with the largest concentration of chinook upstream of Cushmen. The forecasted rainfall will move some of those salmon further up the estuary to Mapleton and into the lower river near Tide, where they will finally become reachable to bank anglers and pontoon floaters.

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