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June 25, 2013 at 5:03 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 57 bank anglers kept 1 hatchery steelhead and released 3 adult and 1 jack Chinook.  21 boat anglers kept 7 hatchery steelhead and released 1 adult Chinook.  The fish caught were sampled between the hatcheries.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 192 spring Chinook adults, 35 jacks, 136 mini-jacks, 173 summer-run steelhead and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 48 spring Chinook adults and seven jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

They released 33 spring Chinook adults and 24 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and released 143 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock  Park.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,210 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 24. Water visibility is 14 feet.
Lewis River – 4 boat anglers had no catch.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,022 salmonid anglers (including 382 boats) with 220 adult and 25 jack summer Chinook, 57 steelhead, and 24 sockeye.

128 (58%) of the adult Chinook were kept as were 43 (75%) of the steelhead and all but one of the sockeye (angler thought it was closed for retention).

Nearly 600 boats and just over 800 bank anglers were counted during the Saturday June 22 effort flight count.

A Joint State hearing is scheduled via teleconference for 2:00 PM Wednesday June 26, 2013 to review the lower Columbia recreational salmon fishery.

Sturgeon

Ports of Chinook and Ilwaco – Charter boat anglers averaged 2 legals released per rod, just after the retention closure.

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines to the Marker 82 line – We sampled 32 sturgeon anglers (11 boats) with 5 legals released and 1 illegally kept.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

John Day Pool – Catches increased for boaters with one in every 5 anglers keeping a legal size fish.

A Joint State hearing is scheduled via teleconference for 2:00 PM Wednesday June 26, 2013 to review the John Day Pool recreational sturgeon fishery.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers are catching some walleye between Vancouver and the Lewis River.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some bass.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged better than a walleye kept/released per rod.  They also caught some bass.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 11 bass and a walleye per every 6 rods.  Bank anglers are also catching some bass.

Shad

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort, catch, and dam counts are declining.  We sampled just under a 1,000 shad, an average of just under 2 fish per rod.  During the Saturday June 22 effort flight count, a half dozen boats and 122 bank anglers were tallied.

“Only” 16,285 shad were counted at Bonneville Dam yesterday; over 3.6 million have been counted to date making it the 5th highest count since at least 1946 with more fish yet to come.  The record is 5.4 million shad counted at Bonneville Dam in 2004.

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