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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 20, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Shad fishing in the Lower Columbia River picks up ever so slightly

Shad fishing in the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam has improved, although not hot like it should be.

Based on mainly incomplete trips, bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam averaged just over three shad per rod when including the few fish released.

Some shad were caught by boat anglers in the gorge and at Kalama.

During the Thursday June 16 effort flight count, there were 167 bank anglers fishing for shad while few boat anglers were found.

On June 18, 32,732 shad were counted at Bonneville, and June 19 another 29,726 were tallied. The total so far this season counted at Bonneville is 317,916.

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