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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 17, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Lower Columbia River spring chinook catches finally improve

Here are the latest figures from state Fish and Wildlife on the Lower Columbia spring chinook fishery that has improved dramatically since early last week:

Last week anglers on the lower Columbia made 17,100 trips and caught 2,817 adult spring Chinook (2,462 kept and 355 released).

Catch rates began to escalate last Friday, and almost 60 percent of last week’s catch occurred over the weekend, when the river-wide catch rate was up to about a fish per two boats on the average. Yesterday’s catch rate was almost a fish per boat, but effort was down from the weekend.

Through April 15, there have been nearly 79,000 angler trips made with 4,789 chinook kept of which 3,261 were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI). In addition, 839 chinook have been released and 1,493 steelhead have been kept and 460 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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