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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 11, 2013 at 9:08 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – Some spring Chinook are being caught, primarily near the barrier dam.  Effective June 16, bank anglers may fish the south side of the river from

Mill Creek to 400 feet or the posted markers below the barrier dam.

Lewis River – Some spring Chinook were caught on the Saturday opener but effort and catch have dwindled since then.

Wind River and Drano Lake – Light effort and no catch.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers continue to catch some spring Chinook from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,776 salmonid anglers (including 288 boats) with 155 adult and 32 jack spring Chinook, 50 steelhead, and 5 sockeye. 83 (54%) of the adult Chinook were kept as were 45 (90%) of the steelhead.  Slightly more than half the adult Chinook CWT sampled were lower river origin based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

All the sockeye were released as required.

Effective Sunday June 16, up to two hatchery adult Chinook may be retained from the Megler-Astoria Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam. Sockeye (which count towards the adult daily limit) may be retained upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge at Pasco.  Below Bonneville Dam, hatchery adult Chinook and sockeye may be retained through June 30.

Bonneville and John Day pools – No effort observed for salmonids.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some spring Chinook.


Ports of Chinook and Ilwaco – Data is current not available.

Cathlamet to the Marker 82 line – Last week we sampled 185 sturgeon anglers (including 68 boats) with 42 legals kept.  All the legals kept were caught by boat anglers.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers caught some legals last week.  Through May, an estimated 69 (23%) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

John Day Pool – No legals were observed in the sample.  An estimated 211 (42%) of the 500 fish guideline had been taken through May.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a walleye and over 7 bass per rod.  Bank anglers are catching some bass.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged nearly a walleye and almost 11 bass per rod when including fish released.  Bank anglers are catching some bass.


Recent plants of rainbows (no report on angling success)

Rainey Creek (tributary to Cowlitz River) – Planted with 2,125 catchable size rainbows June 4.

Klineline Pond – Planted with 1,364 catchable size rainbows June 3.

Rowland Lake – Planted with 1,364 almost half-pound rainbows June 4.


Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled almost 11,200 shad kept/released by 1,118 anglers.




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