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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 22, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Catch results in special mark selective chinook fishery in Lower Columbia River

Here are the preliminary catches between Tongue Point and Warrior Rock in the Lower Columbia River during the Sept. 10-16 hatchery-marked fall chinook fishery:

Anglers made 4,972 trips and caught 3,217 adult chinook (753 adults kept, including an estimated 10 wild fish, and 2,464 unclipped fish released).

The observed mark rate for chinook was 23.1-percent. The associated mark sample sizes, Coded Wire Tags, and biodata should be available in a couple weeks, however, in general the fishery was heavily monitored. The overall sampling rate was about 36-percent of the anglers who participated.

Here is a breakdown by area:

Woodland: 330 boats with 646 anglers caught 57 chinook (47 were hatchery marked) and nine coho, and released 212 wild chinook and five coho.

Kalama: 220 boats with 468 anglers caught 72 hatchery chinook, and released 192 wild chinook and six coho.

Cowlitz: 529 boats with 1,107 anglers caught 232 hatchery chinook, 13 steelhead and 28 coho, and released 542 wild chinook, 13 steelhead and 80 coho.

Longview: 564 boats with 1,198 anglers caught 153 hatchery chinook, three steelhead and 20 coho, and released 441 wild chinook, three steelhead and 30 coho.

Cathlamet: Two boats with four anglers caught no fish.

Cathlamet to Rocky Point/Tongue Point: 215 boats with 516 anglers caught 62 hatchery chinook and 67 coho, and released 96 wild chinook and 86 coho; one charter boat with 10 anglers caught no fish.

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