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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 5, 2013 at 8:08 AM

Columbia River regional fish reports indicate huge numbers of shad moving upstream

Here are the Columbia River regional fishing reports by state Fish and Wildlife biologist Joe Hymer:


Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching some spring Chinook near the barrier dam.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 187 spring Chinook adults, 27 jacks, 14 winter-run steelhead and 40 summer-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 42 spring Chinook adults and 20 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released two spring Chinook adults and two jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,540 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 3.

Kalama and Lewis rivers – Light effort for hatchery steelhead during limited sampling last week.

Washougal River – Some large hatchery summer run steelhead are being caught now that the bait ban has been lifted.  However, barbless hooks are still required.

Wind River and Drano Lake – Light effort and catch for spring Chinook.

Klickitat River – Some spring Chinook continue to be caught downstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last weekend we sampled 522 salmonid anglers (including 63 boats) with 29 adult and 12 jack spring Chinook and 12 steelhead. 14 (48%) of the adult Chinook were kept as were 11 (92%) of the steelhead.  9 (69%) of the 13 adult Chinook CWT sampled were lower river origin (summer Chinook?) based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).


Ports of Chinook and Ilwaco – Data is currently unavailable.

Lower Columbia from Deep River to the Marker 82 deadline – Last weekend we sampled 112 sturgeon anglers (including 33 boats) with 27 legals kept.  All the legals kept were caught by boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

John Day Pool- Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Fishing is slow for bank anglers.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged nearly  a walleye and 8 bass kept/released per rod.  Bank anglers are also catching some bass.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a walleye per boat and almost 5 bass per rod.  Bank anglers are also catching some bass.


Recent plants into SW WA waters (no report on angling success):

Siler Mill Pond in Lewis County – 400 catchable size rainbows May 20.

Battleground Lake – 1,813 catchable size rainbows May 22.

Goose Lake located north of Carson – 1,500 half pound and 417 cutthroats averaging 1.5 pounds plus 2,700 browns averaging nearly 2/3 pound each.

Horsethief Lake near Lyle – 3,432 half-pound rainbows May 21.


Lower Columbia from Bonneville Dam downstream – We sampled 494 shad anglers (including 16 boats) with 2,883 fish kept and 45 released last weekend.

Almost 100,000 shad were counted at Bonneville Dam yesterday.  Fishing is good just below the dam but it’s crowded with over 300 anglers counted during last Saturday’s effort flight count.




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