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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Lower Columbia River spring chinook fishing slightly slower than last year at same time, but effort down

 

Here is the latest spring chinook report from Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist in Vancouver:

Compared to the same week last year, fishing was only a little bit slower; however, effort was down.

CATCH

Chinook per every 18.4 rods in 2012 v 21.2 rods in 2013.

March 19-25, 2012: We sampled 2,940 salmonid anglers (including 955 boats) with 160 spring Chinook and 27 steelhead. Boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept/released per every 14.6 rods based on mainly completed trips while bank anglers averaged one per every 74 rods based on primarily incomplete trips.

March 18-24, 2013: We sampled 2,209 salmonid anglers (including 795 boats) with 104 adult spring Chinook and 2 steelhead.  Chinook are being caught by bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam.

EFFORT

Last Saturday’s salmonid effort was half or less of the same time last year (657 v 1,217 boats and 335 v 885 bank in 2013 and 2012, respectively).

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