More spring chinook have started to show up in sport anglers catches on the Lower Columbia River.
“We’re seeing a few more springers around the Vancouver area, and most of the catch we’ve seen are from fishing guides,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver. “The spring chinook numbers are starting to pick up, and the weather has been pretty poor and effort light. Oregon (Fish and Wildlife) did check a couple spring chinook in the Longview area though the water below mouth of Lewis is pretty turbid.”
Water condition is decent above the I-5 bridge Hymer said, although the level has come up some of late.
Spring chinook fishing opens Thursday, March 1 from the I-5 Bridge up to Bonneville Dam, and bank fishing only is allowed from Beacon Rock to Bonneville.
“I wouldn’t expect too much from upriver since not many fish have been counted over the dam,” Hymer said.
There was another commercial test gill-net fishery this past Sunday, and they caught five spring chinook and 11 steelhead.
During a compact meeting the following day it was decided not to have a commercial fishery this week, and the next test fishery is scheduled for this coming Sunday.
(Photo by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff)