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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 23, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Wind River and Drano Lake spring chinook catches picked up

Here are the state Fish and Wildlife checks from tributaries above Bonneville Dam, which are producing a fair number of spring chinook.

In the Wind River boat anglers at the mouth and bank anglers in the gorge are catching spring chinook, a mixture of adults and jacks. Bank anglers at the mouth were reported catching some fish. A few four adult daily limits were reported by anglers.

Through May 22, a total of 68 spring chinook had returned to Carson National Fish Hatchery. The hatchery escapement goal is 1,500 fish.

In Drano Lake boat anglers are catching some adult and jack spring chinook. The bank angling area is inundated due to high water levels. Anglers should note the Wednesday closures have been extended through all of June.

In the White Salmon River there was no report on angling success. The bank angling area is inundated due to high water levels.

The Klickitat River was blown out earlier last week, but some adult and jack spring chinook were caught later in the week.

Under permanent rules, the Klickitat River from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream will be open daily beginning June 1. The salmon daily limit will be six fish of which no more than two may be adults. Two hatchery steelhead may also be retained. Release wild chinook.

The section from 400 feet upstream from # 5 fishway upstream to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery will be open to fishing for hatchery chinook jacks and hatchery steelhead beginning June 1 under permanent rules. Release wild chinook.

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