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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 12, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Still good for mix of salmon and steelhead in Columbia River region

Here is the latest report by state Fish and Wildlife on the Columbia River salmon and steelhead reports:

In the Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled 1,873 salmon anglers (including 234 boats) with 105 adult and 19 jack summer chinook, 294 steelhead, and 28 sockeye. 65 (62%) of the adult and 14 (74%) of the jacks were kept as were 181(62%) of the steelhead and all but two (93%) of the sockeye.

Just over 800 salmon bank anglers and exactly 300 boats were observed on the lower Columbia mainstem last Saturday July 9.

Bank anglers were catching some summer chinook in The Dalles Pool.

Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Widldlife biologist in Pasco reports no chinook, sockeye, or steelhead were harvested this past week in the John Day Pool. Seven wild jack chinook were caught and released. Effort has been light. No boats were interviewed fishing for salmon this past week. A few bank anglers are still coming out routinely to fish for salmon or steelhead.

There were an estimated 70 angler trips for the week. For the fishery that began June 16, an estimated 20 adult hatchery summer chinook and 33 hatchery jacks have been harvested.

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