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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Drano Lake opens Saturday for fishing, but don’t expect much action early on

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Fishing in Drano Lake above Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River opens Saturday, March 16 for spring chinook and steelhead, but don’t expect much for spring chinook as they’re just starting to move upstream.

The daily limit for Drano Lake is two hatchery chinook, two hatchery steelhead or one of each.

The Wind River remains closed March 16-31, and the lower section won’t open until April 1. The daily limit has been reduced from two to one fish.

Through March 11, 31 spring chinook have moved above Bonneville, and six had passed on March 10. Fishing in tributaries above Bonneville usually picks up in mid-April through May.

The Wind River spring chinook forecast is 3,000 compared to a forecast of 8,400 last year and an actual return of 5,400.

At Drano Lake the spring chinook forecast is 4,900 compared to a forecast of 9,500 and an actual return of 9,900.

The Klickitat River spring chinook forecast is 2,200 compared to a forecast of 2,100 and an actual return of 2,200. The Yakima springer forecast is 7,300 down from a forecast of 12,000 last year and an actual return of 11,100.

(Photo courtesy of The Seattle Times archive)

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