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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Columbia River region offers some decent chinook and steelhead fishing activities

Here is the latest fishing report from the Columbia River and its tributaries from state Fish and Wildlife:

In the Cowlitz River at the barrier dam, 19 bank anglers this past week caught five adult and three jack spring chinook, and one steelhead, and released one steelhead.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 118 adult spring chinook, 158 jack spring chinook, nine mini jack spring chinook, and 226 summer-run steelhead during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 10 adult spring chinook and 145 jack spring chinook into Lake Scanewa.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,100 cubic feet per second on Monday morning, June 27.

In the Wind River there was no report on angling success this past week, and June 30 is the last day to fish for spring chinook. Salmon fishing on the lower river will re-open Aug. 1.

In Drano Lake there was no report on angling success. Effective July 1, it will be open daily, and the area near the outlet will be open to angling from a boat.

In the Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam, last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled 2,225 salmon anglers (including 228 boats) with 225 adult and 79 jack summer chinook, 152 steelhead and 36 sockeye. 141 (63-percent) of the adult and 65 (83-percent) of the jack chinook were kept as were 123 (81-percent) of the steelhead, and all but one (97-percent) of the sockeye.

Just under 1,100 salmon bank anglers and 464 boats were observed on the Lower Columbia mainstem during last Saturday’s (June 25) effort flight count.

In Bonneville Pool there was light angler effort except for some bank anglers at Cascade Locks.

In The Dalles Pool there was bank anglers who were catching some summer chinook.

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