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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 16, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Columbia River region state Fish and Wildlife fish checks and fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

South Fork Toutle River – 11 anglers kept one steelhead.

Cowlitz River – 96 boat anglers kept 56 steelhead and one cutthroat; 139 bank anglers kept 10 adult and two jack chinook and 23 steelhead plus released 1 adult chinook. All the fish were sampled between the hatcheries.

White Salmon River – One angler had no catch.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,039 salmon anglers (including 166 boats) with 37 adult and 3 jack summer chinook, 681 summer run steelhead, and 23 sockeye. 300 (44%) of the steelhead were kept. All the adult chinook, wild jack chinook, and sockeye were released as required.

The Dalles and John Day pools – The few salmonid anglers sampled had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to Marker #82 – Last week state Fish and Wildlife sampled 164 sturgeon anglers (including 50 boats) with 16 legals kept. The legals were found from Vancouver downstream to Longview.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Through June, an estimated 131 (43.7-percent) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

John Day Pool – Two boats with six anglers released six sturgeon (open for catch and release only).

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 5 walleye anglers (4 boats) in the Camas/Washougal area with 4 walleye released.

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released boat anglers averaged 3.7 walleye per rod last week. Bank and boat anglers are catching some bass.

John Day Pool – 11 boats with 28 anglers caught 22 walleye and released one.

Shad

John Day Pool – Seven boats with 18 anglers caught 33 shad and released 12.

Trout

Plants of trout since late June:

Long Lake (Lewis County) – 1,000 browns averaging a half-pound each July 10.

Goose Lake north of Carson – 6,000 cutthroats averaging nearly a half-pound each June 26.

Rivers and lakes fish checks

Lower Columbia River – July 9-15: 1,648 bank anglers caught 224 steelhead, and released 33 chinook, 291 steelhead and 20 sockeye; 166 boats with 391 anglers caught 76 steelhead, and released seven chinook, 90 steelhead and three sockeye; 51 bank anglers kept three sturgeon and released 51; 50 boats with 113 anglers caught 13 sturgeon and released 139; four boats with five anglers released four walleye.

Columbia River in The Dalles Pool – July 9-15: 14 bank anglers released three sturgeon; four boats with 10 anglers caught three sturgeon and released 76; 11 bank anglers and one boat with two anglers caught no steelhead; 10 boats with 19 anglers caught 69 walleye and released one; 10 bank anglers released two bass.

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