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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 5, 2011 at 1:19 PM

For now above Bonneville tributaries not much better than the fishing below

While spring chinook catches were horrible in the Lower Columbia River before it closed yesterday (Monday, April 4), as of now it doesn’t look much better above.

Through April 4, a mere 294 spring chinook have been counted at the Bonneville Dam fish counter.

In order to get folks excited about the tributary fisheries above one needs those numbers to soar into the hundreds of fish daily before taking the plunge in the wind River, Drano Lake and Klickitat River.

With that said don’t expect these above Bonneville spots to pick up until later this month or even better later in May.

A couple boats were seen this past week on the Wind river before the high water with no report on angling success. The boat ramp was blocked by logs last Sunday.

One lonely boat was surveyed at Drano Lake early Sunday morning with no report on angling success.

In the White Salmon River, three bank anglers had no catch. The bench at the mouth is underwater right now.

In the Klickitat River, six bank anglers had no catch too.

Further upstream in the Columbia river mainstem in The Dalles Pool bank anglers this past week were catching some spring chinook.

In other related news, Washington and Oregon fishery managers will meet on Wednesday, April 6 to discuss if the lower river could reopen for spring chinook fishing.

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