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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 26, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Walleye fishing excellent in John Day Pool, and fish being caught throughout Columbia River

Here are the fishing reports on sturgeon, walleye, bass and trout from Southwest Washington by state Fish and Wildlife:

In the Lower Columbia from the mouth upstream to the Navigation Marker Number 82 line state Fish and Wildlife sampled legals kept by bank and boat anglers from Longview to Cathlamet.

Including fish released, private boat anglers at Deep River/Knappton and ports of Chinook and Ilwaco averaged a legal-sized sturgeon per every 3.7 rods while charter boat anglers averaged just over 0.7 fish per rod. Boat anglers also released a few green sturgeon. No legals were observed caught by bank anglers.

Overall, if an angler catches a white sturgeon in estuary there was nearly a 40-percent chance it would be a keeper.

In The Dalles Pool boat anglers were catching some legal-size sturgeon. Sturgeon may be retained through July 29.

In the John Day Pool, nine boats with 18 anglers this past week caught and released 11 sturgeon. It is open for catch and release only.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam a few more boat anglers from Camas/Washougal to Kalama with some walleye and bass being caught.

In The Dalles Pool boat anglers averaged nearly three walleye kept and over five bass kept/released per rod.

In the John Day Pool walleye fishing was excellent this past week with 33 boats and 73 anglers catching 171 walleye, and five boats and nine anglers catching five bass.

In the Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam continue to catch a few shad. Effort is very light.

In the John Day Pool the numbers of shad passing McNary Dam has dropped off dramatically but anglers were still catching a few at Plymouth Island. There was 13 boats with 27 anglers who caught 106 shad.

Goose Lake north of Carson was planted with 6,200 browns, 6,000 cutthroats, and 500 rainbows one-half pound and larger since the end of June.

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