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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 28, 2011 at 12:36 PM

Lower Columbia River shad catches on the rise

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam shad catches have ramped up, and now is the time to hit the banks.

Based on mainly incomplete trips, bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam averaged about 3.5 shad per rod when including the few fish released.

Some shad were caught by boat anglers in the gorge while the Camas/Washougal area where it continues to be slow.

Last week’s checks: 611 bank anglers caught 2,078 shad and relased 37; six boats with 12 anglers caught 21 shad.

Daily fish counts at Bonneville Dam: June 23, 33,771; June 24, 33,266; June 25, 30,738; and June 26, 44,812. So far this season a total of 674,294 shad have been tallied at the dam.

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