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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Lower Columbia alive with shad, chinook and steelhead; Lewis could also reopen soon for chinook

The latest word coming out of the Lower Columbia River should be a signal for anglers to head south right now.

In the Lower Columbia River the shad are so thick that you could just about walk across their backs, and some early summer chinook weighing in excess of 30 pounds were being caught.

“There are a lot of people and shad with some groups catching over 100 fish,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “It is pretty crowded.”

Shad single-day counts at Bonneville soared to 94,426 on Monday, and 128,775 by Tuesday for a whopping season total of 734,163.

“Chinook counts also jumped up (1,902 on Tuesday) at Bonneville Dam, and we’re seeing decent catches between Bonneville and Kalama,” Hymer said. “There is quite a bit of action going on (in Lower Columbia) from Cowlitz on down with a lot of three-salt steelehad into the teens.”

Anglers should also be on the lookout for the Lewis River possibly reopening soon for chinook. The hatchery has reached its spawning goal escapement for chinook, and if everything goes according to plans the paperwork could be done by Wednesday (June 5).

 

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