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.
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.
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).