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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 31, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Shad starting to filter into the Lower Columbia River, but recent counts at Bonneville are lowest in almost 30 years

The shad watch has started on the Lower Columbia River.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam and boat anglers in the Woodland area were catching some shad.

Effort is light with about a dozen bank anglers and just a couple boats counted during the Saturday flight.

The 1,565 shad counted at Bonneville Dam through May 30 is the lowest in nearly three decades.

In 1984, just 364 fish had been counted by that date. Some years over a half million shad had been counted by this time.

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