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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 6, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Shad fishing excellent below Bonneville Dam on Lower Columbia River

If there is anytime to head down for a chance to catch a gob of shad on the Lower Columbia River, then anglers should go right now.

“Now is the time to do it,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “Shad fishing is pretty darn good just below Bonneville. “It was about 10 shad per rod average and some had 40 or more with good fishing from Longview upstream.”

On Tuesday, the single-day count at Bonneville Dam was 54,000 shad, which is the season high to date.

On Monday, 35,124 were counted and 22,613 on Sunday bringing the season total to 137,814.

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