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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 16, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Lower Columbia River shows increased spring chinook catch, and other southwest fish checks

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Here are the latest state Fish and Wildlife fishin reports for the Columbia River region:

Columbia River below Bonneville Dam — Last week: 665 bank anglers caught 22 spring chinook and four steelhead, and released four spring chinook and three steelhead; 574 boats with 1,256 anglers caught 239 spring chinook and 13 steelhead, and released 39 spring chinook and three steelhead; 10 bank anglers released eight sturgeon; 13 boats with 27 anglers caught one sturgeon and released 26.

Columbia River in The Dalles Pool — Last week: 51 bank anglers released 38 sturgeon; five boats with 15 anglers caught one sturgeon and released 20 sturgeon; 54 bank anglers caught one steelhead; eight bank anglers caught one walleye and released one; 19 boats with 51 anglers caught 62 walleye and released one; one bank angler caught no bass; four boats with nine anglers caught 14 bass and released eight.

Columbia River in John Day Pool — Last week: 53 bank anglers released two sturgeon; 33 boats with 90 anglers caught four sturgeon and released 35; four bank anglers caught no steelhead; 28 boats with 53 anglers caught 10 walleye and released four; 11 boats with 18 anglers caught seven and released 130 bass.

Cowlitz River – Last week: 118 bank anglers caught eight spring chinook and 20 steelhead, and released one steelhead and on sturgeon; 62 boat anglers caught one spring chinook and 37 steelhead, and released one steelhead.

Kalama River – Last week: Six bank anglers caught one steelhead.

Lewis River mainstem – Last week: Two bank anglers caught no fish; eight boat anglers caught no fish.

North Fork Lewis River – Last week: 21 bank anglers caught no fish; 12 boat anglers caught one spring chinook and one steelhead, and released two steelhead.

Klickitat River – Last week: Nine bank anglers released one steelhead.

Wind River – Last week: One bank anglers caught no fish; nine boat anglers caught one spring chinook.

Drano Lake – Last week: Two bank anglers caught no steelhead.

(Checks provided by state Fish and Wildlife are taken randomly and do not reflect all fish caught during that period. Photo taken by Mark Yuasa, Seattle Times staff reporter.)

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