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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 12, 2012 at 7:53 PM

State Fish and Wildlife boat ramp and creel fish checks

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Salmon and saltwater

Edmonds Marina– March 8: Six boats with seven anglers caught four chinook.

Everett ramp — March 8: 16 boats with 25 anglers caught four chinook; March 10: Five boats with nine anglers caught two chinook; March 11: One boat with two anglers caught no fish.

Kingston ramp –March 8: Five boats with nine anglers caught no fish.

Port Townsend Boat Haven Marina ramp — March 8: One boat with two anglers caught no fish; March 10: Three boats with seven anglers caught no fish; March 11: Two boats with two anglers caught no fish.

Ediz Hook ramp, Port Angeles — March 6: Five boats with six anglers caught one chinook; March 7: 11 boats with 19 anglers caught seven chinook; March 8: 16 boats with 27 anglers caught four chinook; March 9: 11 boats with 19 anglers caught nine chinook and three coho; March 10: 29 boats with 60 anglers caught 16 chinook’ March 11: 11 boats with 22 anglers caught four chinook.

Glenn Street ramp, Bellingham — March 8: Eight boats with 17 anglers caught six chinook; March 10: Two boats with four anglers caught no fish; March 11: Two boats with five anglers caught one chinook.

Camano Island State Park ramp — March 6: Four boats with six anglers caught no fish; March 8: 14 boats with 33 anglers caught three chinook; March 10: 11 boats with 21 anglers caught one chinook; March 11: Eight boats with 17 anglers caught four chinook.

Maple Grove ramp, Camano Island — March 10: Seven boats with 17 anglers caught seven chinook; March 11: Six boats with 13 anglers caught four chinook.

Oak Harbor Marina — March 8: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish.

Friday Harbor Marina, San Juan Island — March 7: Two boats with three anglers caught no fish; March 8: Three boats with four anglers caught one chinook; March 10: One boat with two anglers caught one chinook.

Washington Park ramp, Anacortes — March 8: 17 boats with 30 anglers caught 11 chinook; March 10: Eight boats with 15 anglers caught two chinook.

Cornet Bay ramp, North Whidbey Island — March 8: Four boats with eight anglers caught three chinook and seven kelp greenling;March 11: One boat with four anglers caught two chinook.

Misery Point ramp, Hood Canal — March 7: Five boats with eight anglers caught two chinook.

Point Defiance Park Boathouse and ramp, Tacoma — March 6: One boat with two anglers caught one chinook; March 8: 14 boats with 20 anglers caught one chinook; March 10: Nine boats with 10 anglers caught no fish; March 11: Four boats with eight anglers caught no fish.

Narrows Properties Park Pier — March 10: Two anglers caught no fish; March 11: one angler caught no fish.

Zittel’s Marina — March 10: One boat with two anglers caught no fish.

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Rivers and lakes

Columbia River below Bonneville Dam — Last week: 393 bank anglers caught five steelhead, and released one chinook and three steelhead; 639 boats with 1,362 anglers caught 52 chinook and released 16 chinook, two steelhead and one other fish; eight bank anglers caught no sturgeon; 35 boats with 79 anglers caught 10 sturgeon and released 109.

Columbia River in Bonneville Pool — Last week: Four bank anglers released one sturgeon; 10 boats with 20 anglers caught three sturgeon and released 15.

Columbia River in The Dalles Pool — Last week: 20 bank anglers caught one sturgeon and released two; seven boats with 17 anglers released 19 sturgeon; six bank anglers caught one steelhead and released five; one boat with four anglers released two steelhead; two bank anglers caught no walleye; five boats with nine anglers caught six walleye and released eight.

Columbia River in John Day Pool — Last week: 32 bank anglers released two sturgeon; 26 boats with 70 anglers released caught two sturgeon and released 12; 10 bank anglers caught no steelhead; one boat with two anglers caught no steelhead; 31 boats with 67 anglers caught 42 walleye and released 15; one bank angler caught two bass.

Bogachiel/Quillayute River — March 5-8: Two bank anglers and 40 boat anglers caught three steelhead and released 20 for a total of 217.5 hours fished; March 9-11: 18 bank anglers and 29 boat anglers caught four steelhead and released seven for a total of 245.0 hours fished.

Calawah River — March 5-8: 14 boat anglers caught six steelhead and released 11 for a total of 79.0 hours fished; March 9-11: 10 boat anglers caught eight steelhead and released nine for a total of 62.0 hours fished.

Sol Duc River — March 5-8: 35 boat anglers caught three steelhead and released 59 for a total of 271.0 hours fished; March 9-11: Five bank anglers and 77 boat anglers caught 13 steelhead, and released 39 steelhead and four whitefish for a total of 585.0 hours fished.

Lower Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Barlow’s — March 5-8: 17 bank anglers and 24 boat anglers released 31 steelhead, five bull trout, one cutthroat trout and four whitefish for a total of 203.5 hours fished; March 9-11: 38 bank anglers and 43 boat anglers caught three steelhead, and released 10 steelhead and one bull trout for a total of 365.5 hours fished.

Upper Hoh River from Oxbow Campground to Olympic National Park Boundary — March 5-8: 11 bank anglers and 12 boat anglers released 10 steelhead and one whitefish for a total of 115.0 hours fished; March 9-11: 19 bank anglers and 48 boat anglers caught one steelhead, and released 19 steelhead, four bull trout, four cutthroat trout and 23 whitefish for a total of 325.0 hours fished.

Kalama River – Last week: 13 bank anglers caught two steelhead, and released two; four boat anglers caught one spring chinook.

North Fork Lewis River – Last week: Eight bank anglers caught no fish.

Washougal River – Last week: 35 bank anglers caught two steelhead, and released one; 10 boat anglers caught one steelhead and released eight. This Thursday, March 15 is the last day to fish for steelhead. Mt. Norway Bridge downstream re-opens April 16 under selective gear rules (no bait).

(Checks provided by state Fish and Wildlife are taken randomly and do not reflect all fish caught during that period. Photos courtesy of Gerald Chew of Mercer Island.)

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