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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 13, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Word on the Lower Columbia spring chinook sport fishery

Spring chinook fishing on the Lower Columbia River below the I-5 Bridge has reached its peak, and catches and effort remains very good.

Last week anglers on the Lower Columbia River made 28,650 trips and caught 9,959 adult spring chinook (8,824 kept and 1,135 released). Based on sampling, 89-percent of the kept catch was upriver spring chinook. Overall 87 percent of the adult spring chinook caught were kept by anglers.

Last Saturday (April 10) alone a total of 2,314 boats and 689 bank anglers were counted during the aerial flight survey. It also found that 1,516 (66 percent) of the boats and 397 (58 percent) of the bank anglers were counted from Warrior Rock to the I-5 Bridge.

A balance of 10,300 upriver fish (kept and release mortalities) was available for the sport fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam from April 5 until a run update.

So far this season 124,664 anglers have kept 18,438 spring chinook.

The Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife joint staffs are reviewing the sport catches through April 11 and will provide another update today (April 14).

The Columbia from Buoy 10 to I-5 is open daily through April 18. Areas from I-5 up to Bonneville are closed to fishing.

Areas from above Bonneville to McNary Dam are open daily through May 31. Bank fishing only from Bonneville to the Tower Island power lines located six miles below The Dalles Dam.

Daily limit is one hatchery-marked spring chinook daily below I-5, and two daily above Bonneville. Anglers must release wild spring chinook. Only hatchery fish with a missing adipose fin may be kept, which is the small fin near the tail.

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