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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 4, 2011 at 8:01 PM

It takes countless hours to catch a Lower Columbia River spring chinook

Today (Monday, April 4) was the last official day to fish for spring chinook in the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam.

Washington and Oregon Fish and Wildlife officials will meet on Wednesday to discuss if more fishing is possible.

Talk about spending vast amounts of time in between catching a springer, and hours mindlessly gazing at the planes flying overhead on their way back to PDX or traffic crossing the I-5 Bridge.

From April 13, fisheries sampled 3,074 anglers (including 1,054 boats) with 124 spring chinook and five steelhead.

Boat anglers averaged a spring chinook kept/released per every 22.3 rods based on mainly completed trips. A couple of spring chinook were caught off the bank at Bonneville and between Vancouver and Woodland.

79-percent of the spring chinook (98 total fish) caught were kept. Fisheries sampled 58 (59-percent) of the fish kept. Forty-nine (84-percent) were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI). Two (40-percent) of the steelhead caught were kept.

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