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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 3, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Lower Columbia spring chinook catch update

During March 26-31, anglers on the lower Columbia made 7084 trips and caught 510 adult spring Chinook (446 kept and 64 released).

High winds early in the week, followed by high flows and poor water visibility put a damper on both anglers’ enthusiasm and catch rates: however, before the water blew out, there were some decent catches at the upper end of Puget Island and on the Oregon beaches between Sauvie Island and Westport.

Through March 31, there have been nearly 50,200 angler trips made with 1,671 chinook kept of which 1,117 were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).  In addition, 349 chinook have been released and 725 steelhead have been kept and 276 released.

Prior to the run update allocation of upriver fish, including release mortalities, will be 12,700 fish for the recreational fishery below Bonneville Dam.

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