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May 14, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Columbia River regional fishing reports show a nice mix of fish to catch

Here is the latest Columbia River regional fishing reports compiled by Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist:

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Spring Chinook are being caught, primarily around the barrier dam.

Return as of May 10 is 701 adults including 33 wild origin. Hatchery escapement goal is 1,644 adults.  River flow ranged between 6,500 and 10,000 cfs last week.

Kalama River – Some steelhead are being caught.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.

Return as of May 10 is 25 adults including 4 wild origin & 8 Lewis stock. The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.

Lewis River – Some steelhead are being caught.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.

Return as of May 10 is 28 adults including 1 wild origin. The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.  River flow ranged from about 4,500 to 6,000 cfs last week.

Washougal River – Some steelhead are being caught.  Overall effort, catch, and river flows are all low.  However, high Columbia flows are backing up the lower Washougal.

Wind River – About the same as the previous week when boat anglers averaged nearly a Chinook per every 5 rods.  However, fishing was slower this past weekend.  About 40% of the catch were jacks.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers averaged almost a Chinook per every 4 rods last week.  About 30% of the catch were jacks.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers from Fisher Hill Bridge downstream are catching adult and jack spring Chinook and some summer run steelhead.

Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to I-5 Bridge – Currently closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad. Scheduled to reopen May 16 for hatchery steelhead, hatchery Chinook jacks, and shad. Scheduled to be open June 16 through June 30 for hatchery adult summer Chinook and sockeye.

I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam Currently closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad. Scheduled to reopen May 16 for shad and June 16 for hatchery steelhead, hatchery summer Chinook, and sockeye. Scheduled to be open June 16 through June 30 for hatchery adult summer Chinook and sockeye.

Bonneville Dam to Washington/Oregon border Currently closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead. Scheduled to reopen June 16 for hatchery steelhead, hatchery summer Chinook, and sockeye.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met today and provided an official update for the 2013 upriver spring Chinook return.  TAC currently projects a return of  107,500 adults to the Columbia River mouth (100,000 adults at Bonneville Dam).  The pre-season forecast was 141,400 adults to the mouth of the Columbia.  TAC will continue to monitor the run as it progresses and is scheduled to meet again Monday May 20.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort increased with the estuary re-opening for retention last Saturday.  268 private boats, 2 charters, and 79 bank anglers were counted on the lower Columbia mainstem during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

Boat anglers are catching some legals in the estuary and between Vancouver and Woodland.  Bank anglers are catching some legals in the Camas/Washougal area.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Through April, an estimated 62 (20.7%) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  An estimated 197 (39.4%) of the 500 fish guideline had been taken through April.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged 2 walleye and 14 bass kept/released per rod last week.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged a walleye per about every 3 rods and nearly 7 bass per rod last week.  Bank anglers are also catching some bass.

Trout

Fort Borst Park Pond near Centralia – Planted with 1,300 catchable size rainbows May 6.  No report on angling success.

Effective May 1, anglers may use two poles and the pond is open to all anglers.

Klineline Pond – Planted with 2,000 rainbows averaging 2/3 pound each, 200 averaging over 3 pounds each, and 75 ten pounders May 3.  No report on angling success.

Shad

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Will open as scheduled beginning May 16.  Daily counts at Bonneville Dam are increasing with nearly 3,500 fish yesterday.  Through May 12, almost 7,900 shad had been counted at the dam compared to the recent 10-year average of 1,400 fish.

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