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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 21, 2010 at 5:44 PM

Columbia River region checks reveal chinook, steelhead and shad are the top catch

For some reason I couldn’t get the Columbia River region fishing rundown onto the Goggle fish map so here it is:

Lower Columbia River estuary — Last week: 16 boats with 47 anglers at Fort Canby ramp caught one sturgeon and released five; 57 boats with 184 anglers at Ilwaco caught 10 sturgeon and released 38; 82 Ilwaco charter boats with 866 anglers caught 163 sturgeon and released 427; 128 boats with 357 anglers at Chinook caught 33 sturgeon and released 64.

Lower Columbia River from Bonneville Dam to Megler/Astoria-Cathlamet area — Last week: 1,463 bank anglers caught 62 adult chinook, eight jack chinook and 61 steelhead, and released 25 adult chinook, 13 steelhead and 22 sockeye; 252 boats with 572 anglers caught 33 adult chinook, four jack chinook and eight steelhead, and released 15 adult chinook, five steelhead, three sockeye and three trout; 62 bank anglers relesed nine sturgeon; 97 boats with 307 anglers caught 37 sturgeon and released 220; 311 bank anglers caught 278 shad and released 15; 14 boats with 38 anglers caught 61 shad and released three.

Columbia River in The Dalles Pool — Last week: Four bank anglers released no sturgeon; five boats with 12 anglers released 25 sturgeon; 182 bank anglers caught 15 steelhead and released five; seven boat with nine anglers caught no steelhead; five boats with 12 anglers caught 10 walleye and released 13; four bank anglers released two bass; five boats with seven anglers caught two bass and released five.

Lewis River North Fork — Last week: Five boat anglers caught no fish.

Lewis River mainstem — Last week: Three boat anglers caught one steelhead.

Cowlitz River — Last week: Seven bank anglers caught no fish; eight boat anglers caught four steelhead. Boat anglers at the Trout Hatchery are catching some steelhead.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 138 spring chinook adults, 36 jacks, 34 mini-jacks and 224 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Tacoma Power employees released 47 spring chinook adults and 23 jacks into the Upper Cowlitz River at the Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood and 18 spring chinook adults and 11 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam at the Day Use Park during the week.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,530 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 21 and are likely to remain steady during the week. Water visibility is 14 feet.

Riffe Lake — Last week: Bank anglers at the dam and Taidnapum averaged two landlocked coho kept and/or released per rod.

Goose Lake north of Carson — Planted with 2,500 catchable sized brown trout and 3,000 catchable sized cutthroat trout on June 15. No report on angling success.

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