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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 18, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Times fishing reporter gets same results on the Lower Columbia River during day two with one exception

Here is what you do to catch a spring chinook on the Lower Columbia River.

Drop me off to head back to Seattle, take a lunch break and then go out at 2 p.m. on the Oregon side of the river just above I-5 and on the first drop you’ll hook one.

That’s what my two friends did after they said Bon Voyage to me.

We started at 6:30 a.m. this morning trollinf from Davis Bar clear down to Frenchman’s Bar and beyond to Caterpillar. We did this until 12:30 p.m. and saw one hatchery spring chinook kept for about 150-plus boats in the vicinity.

Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver says their sample checker surveyed all the plunkers on the shoreline around Frenchman’s Bar and they had one steelhead kept.

The boat also checked 40 boats from Frenchman’s down to the Lewis River mouth with nothing, and 60 boats from Davis Bar to the PDX Airport with six hatchery spring chinook kept. Of those six one boat anchored upriver had three of those fish using Kwikfish.

So that shows how slow it was overall. Hopefully the bulk of those 300,000-plus hatchery spring chinook are coming late, and one over the past couple of days in our boat and those hundreds of others with us feeling the pain we could blame the terrible visibility, cold water, turbid water and any other excuse we could throw in the water.

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