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April 23, 2013 at 2:34 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Some spring Chinook and steelhead are being caught throughout the river though not in large numbers.

Kalama and Lewis rivers – Effort and catch remains light.  Both remain closed to fishing for Chinook.

Washougal River – A few hatchery summer run steelhead are being caught.

Wind River – Effort and catches continue to be light.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some spring Chinook scattered throughout the lake.

Klickitat River – Light effort and no catch was observed.

Bonneville , The Dalles, and John Day  pools – Bank anglers are catching some spring Chinook in each of the pools.  Effort and catch is increasing especially in The Dalles and John Day pools.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met yesterday but did not provide a run update from the original pre-season forecast of 141,400 adult upriver spring Chinook.  TAC will continue to meet weekly to review the progress of the upriver spring Chinook run.  Next scheduled TAC meeting is Monday April 29.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – 2 bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam had no catch.  1 boat/2 anglers in the Longview area released 1 sublegal.

In March 2013, an estimated 1,267 angler trips produced  32 legals kept, the third lowest catch for that month since at least 1977 (the record low is  13 fish kept in 2009).  In addition, the angler trips were a new record low(previous low 1,550 angler trips last year).

The Dalles and John Day pools- Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some walleye.  Bank anglers in The Dalles Pool are also catching some walleye.  Few to no bass anglers were sampled.

Trout

Plants of trout in SW WA waters since April 11 (no reports on angling success):

Kress Lake near Kalama –  2,851 catchable size rainbows and 352 averaging 1.5 pounds each April 16-17.

Horseshoe Lake near Woodland – 2,851 catchable size rainbows April 15.

Klineline Pond – 11,000 rainbows averaging 2/3 pound each, 290 three pounders, and 75 ten pounders April 11 (kids fishing event).

Lacamas Lake near Camas – 2,500 catchable size rainbows and 4,000 browns April 16.

Icehouse Lake near the Bridge of the Gods – 950 catchable size rainbows April 17.

Little Ash Lake near Stevenson – 950 catchable size rainbows April 17.

Tunnel Lake (just east of Drano Lake) – 1,901 catchable size rainbows April 17.

 

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