Every once in a while a strange fish will appear in the catch, and the latest one comes from the Columbia River.
Last week, a 52 pound striped bass that was caught in a gill-net boat run by Jason Lake from the Lynnwood area who was fishing in the Bridal Veil area of the Columbia between Bonneville and gorge mouth.
“Every few years some odd fish like the striped bass will show up, and this is the largest one from we’ve heard,” said Joe Hymer, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist. “There is a population of striped bass on the southern Oregon coast (in the Smith and Umpqua rivers), and occassionally we’ll see somebody get one.”
Striper bass are caught in the northern California region, but fcatches this far north are rarely seen.
A story I ran in early July of 2008 confirmed a 40-pound striped bass was caught in the gorge, and another catch around that time had also occurred down toward Deep River on the Washington side.
There were also reports of a striped bass caught in Puget Sound at Holmes Harbor in 1968.
(Photo courtesy of Washington Fish and Wildlife)