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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 23, 2011 at 9:01 PM

Lower Columbia mainstem catch primarily spring chinook jacks

The Lower Columbia River mainstem spring chinook fishery continues to produce mainly spring chinook jacks peppered with some adult spring chinook and steelhead this past week.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam state Fish and Wildlife sampled 1,348 salmon anglers (including 166 boats) with 78 adult spring chinook and 244 jack spring chinook and 21 steelhead. 59 (76-percent) of the adult and 192 (79-percent) of the jacks were kept as were 17 (81-percent) of the steelhead.

Checkers sampled 41 (69-percent) of the adult and 124 (65-percent) of the jacks and 7 (41-percent) of the steelhead kept. 32 (78-percent) of the adults and 123 (99-percent) of the jacks sampled were upriver origin based on Visual Stock Identification.

On the Saturday May 21 effort aerial flight count, there were 141 salmon boats and 656 bank anglers observed.

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