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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 19, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Lower Columbia River shad counts holding up

The Lower Columbia River shad fishery remains a viable option although it is not as hot and heavy as it had been last week.

“Shad is still holding up, and about a four fish per rod average,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “The shad count is more than double of last year’s count, and it has been a good year. It may have peaked possibly, but there should still be some times where we see big counts.”

Through Tuesday, June 18, 3,299,780 shad had been counted at the Bonneville Dam fish ladder. Single-day counts have been 157,4821 on Sunday, June 16; 146,178 on Monday, June 17; and 161, 216 on Tuesday, June 18.

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