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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 7, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Columbia River region keeps anglers busy with spring chinook and steelhead

Here are the latest reports by state Fish and Wildlife from the Columbia River and its tributaries with fair to good action for a mix of spring chinook and summer-run steelhead.

In the Cowlitz River bank anglers at the barrier dam were catching spring chinook.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 90 spring chinook adults, 113 jacks, twelve winter-run steelhead, and 37 summer-run steelhead in four days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 21 spring chinook adults, 99 jacks, and one winter-run steelhead into the upper Cowlitz River at Lake Scanewa. River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,130 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 6. Water visibility is nine feet.

In the Wind River anglers were catching spring chinook from the mouth to the upper river. About 25 boats counted at the mouth yesterday (Sunday June 5) morning.

Through June 5, a total of 441 spring chinook had returned to Carson National Fish Hatchery. The escapement goal is 1,500 fish.

In Drano Lake boat anglers continue to catch some spring chinook although effort is down to just a half dozen boats Sunday (June 5) morning.

In the Klickitat River bank anglers in the lower river continue to catch some spring chinook.

At Klickitat Hatchery 31 adult spring chinook had arrived through June 1. The escapement goal is 500 fish.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam, during the first five days of June state Fish and Wildlife sampled 900 salmon anglers (including 76 boats) with 76 adult spring chinook and 63 jack spring chinook, and 50 steelhead. 54 (71-percent) of the adult and 50 (79-percent) of the jacks were kept as were 46 (92-percent) of the steelhead. All but four (91-percent) of the adults and all the jacks chinook sampled were upriver origin based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

In Bonneville Pool there has been light effort and catch.

In The Dalles Pool bank anglers were catching quite a few jacks and some adult spring chinook.

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