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May 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Columbia River anglers can add shad to the fishing menu starting Thursday

The shad fishery in the Lower Columbia River opens Thursday (May 16) and the counts at Bonneville Dam have started to increase.

That should be good news for those tossing shad darts into the rolling waters below the dam. Through May 14, 14,596 shad have crossed Bonneville. Single-day counts have been 3,630 on May 14; 3,105 on May 13; and 3,446 on May 12.

In other news spring chinook catches have increased mainly at Drano Lake.

“They have been catching a few spring chinook both adults and jacks in Drano Lake, and the bobber fishermen are starting to catch fish too,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The Wind River is still pretty slow at the mouth for spring chinook. Effort had kind of dropped off.”

“The Lower Cowlitz is pretty slow for steelhead and spring chinook, but they are getting some spring chinook near barrier dam,” Hymer said. “There are also some spring chinook being caught on the Lower Klickitat.”

Hymer says there was a few sturgeon caught in the Vancouver-Kalama area (during the opener last Saturday, May 4), and they’ve set some time for fishing in June in Bonneville Pool.

That sturgeon fishery will be open June 14-15 and June 21-22 in Bonneville Pool. If catches are slow than more days could be added to the season in early July.

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