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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 6, 2009 at 12:12 PM

Decent spring chinook bite in the Lower Columbia River

“There was a pretty decent bite [for spring chinook] in spots, and we had a new record of 3,248 boats on Saturday,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The old record of 3,233 was set in April 14 of 2001. Boats averaged about half a fish per boat for the past week, and they were catching some on the bank up towards Bonneville.”

Columbia River below Bonneville Dam — This past weekend there were 3,248 salmon boats and 589 Oregon bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (April 4) flight. Salmon anglers were the most successful in the gorge where boat anglers averaged 1.28 spring chinook caught per boat. In the estuary boat anglers averaged 0.58 spring chinook caught per boat, while anglers between Portland (below Hayden Island) to Longview averaged 0.51 spring chinook caught per boat. In Portland (above Hayden Island) boat anglers averaged 0.33 spring chinook caught per boat. Bank anglers in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.04 spring chinook caught per bank rod.

Gorge Bank and Boat: Weekend checking showed no catch for 51 bank anglers; and 21 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook released for 18 boats (57 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 50 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus nine unclipped spring chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 195 boats (501 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekday checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook released for 259 bank anglers.

Portland above Hayden Island Powerlines: Weekend checking showed 58 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook Jack kept, plus four unclipped spring chinook released for 169 boats (463 anglers).

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed 52 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, and two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jacks kept, plus seven unclipped spring chinook released for 116 boats (294 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed no catch for 18 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed 12 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook released for 24 boats (47 anglers).

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