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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 14, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Steelhead catch last month in Ringold area of Columbia River better than normal

Here is an update I received from state Fish and Wildlife on steelhead fishery in the Ringold area of Columbia River:

Angler effort and harvest has slowed in December as would be expected.

An estimated 306 steelhead were caught in December and 209 of these were harvested. The number of unmarked steelhead in the fishery increased this year and 92 of the steelhead caught in December were not adipose clipped.

Based on the percentage of adipose absent steelhead returning to the Ringold Hatchery, 71 of the 92 steelhead were hatchery origin with the remaining 21 steelhead assumed to be wild origin.

The December 2009 catch and harvest was higher than any of the past six years and the remainder of the fishery should follow this pattern of slightly above normal catch and harvest. Boat anglers averaged 5.8 hours per fish in December with bank anglers a bit behind at roughly 10 hours of angling per steelhead.

For the season, 3,034 steelhead have been caught with 2,093 harvested. An estimated 125 wild steelhead (4.1% of the catch) have been caught and released during the fishery through December.

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