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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 19, 2011 at 8:37 AM

Summer steelhead catches good in the Lower Columbia River

Here is the latest report from state Fish and Wildlife on the Columbia River salmon and steelhead fisheries:

In the Lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam state Fish and Wildlife last week sampled 2,560 salmon anglers (including 234 boats) with 93 adult and 26 jack summer chinook, 566 steelhead, and 17 sockeye. 57 (61-percent) of the adult and 17 (65-percent) of the jacks were kept as were 305 (54-percent) of the steelhead, and all but three (82-percent) of the sockeye.

Interestingly, bank anglers reported more wild steelhead released than kept while boat anglers reported just the opposite.

The Lower Columbia River is now closed for adult chinook and sockeye through July 31.

In The Dalles Pool bank anglers were catching some adult summer chinook and hatchery steelhead.

In the John Day Pool, Paul Hoffarth, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Pasco says an estimated seven hatchery chinook were harvested this past week in the John Day Pool. No steelhead or wild chinook were caught and released. Effort has been light.

There were an estimated 76 angler trips for the week. For the fishery that began June 16, an estimated 27 adult hatchery summer chinook and 33 hatchery jacks have been harvested.

The area from Bonneville Dam to Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco is now closed for sockeye. It remains open for hatchery adult and jack chinook.

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