Fishing report 7/21

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Summer chinook and sockeye retention are closed in the lower Columbia River, but steelhead catches from Longview downstream are building, particularly near Cathlamet.

Chinook retention resumes on Aug. 1, when Buoy 10 also opens.

Summer steelhead returns to lower Columbia River hatcheries are lagging.

Sturgeon angling in the estuary continues through July. The catch has improved a bit, particularly for charter boat customers.

Merrill Lake north of Cougar in Cowlitz County has been stocked with 2,145 brown trout. Regulations at the 344-acre lake are flyfishing and catch-and-release only.

Kokanee fishing at Merwin Reservoir has cooled again.

Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:

Lower Columbia — Ilwaco, Chinook ramps, 158 charter boat anglers with 41 legal sturgeon kept plus 27 legal, 34 oversize and 107 sublegals released; 264 private boaters with 42 legal sturgeon kept plus 15 oversize and 90 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Knappton, Deep River ramps, 175 private boaters with 32 legal sturgeon kept plus six legal, seven oversize, 70 sublegal and two green sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Estuary, 81 bank rods with 22 steelhead kept and 12 released; 42 boaters with two adult summer chinook, two jack chinook, 23 steelhead and one sockeye kept plus two adult chinook and four steelhead released; three boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus six sublegals released; three bank rods with four sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 178 bank rods with one jack chinook and 31 steelhead kept plus two adult chinook and 20 steelhead released; 83 boaters with one adult summer chinook, one jack and 25 steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and four steelhead released; eight boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus three sublegals released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 47 boaters with two adult summer chinook released and two steelhead kept; 36 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 39 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Longview, 225 boaters with five adult summer chinook, one jack chinook and 40 steelhead kept plus one adult chinook, one sockeye and 20 steelhead released; 668 bank rods with five adult summer chinook, three jacks, 94 steelhead and 10 sockeye kept plus seven adult summer chinook and 58 steelhead released; seven boaters with 16 sublegal sturgeon released; four bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDW)

Cowlitz River mouth, two boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Kalama, 366 bank rods with seven adult summer chinook, one jack and 16 steelhead kept plus three jack chinook and 58 steelhead released; 54 boaters with six adult summer chinook, four steelhead and one sockeye kept plus three adult chinook and four steelhead released; eight boaters with 12 sublegals released; five boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, 34 boaters with three adult summer chinook, one jack and one steelhead kept plus 262 bank rods with three adult summer chinook, one jack chinook, 19 steelhead and one sockeye kept plus one adult chinook, two jack and 31 steelhead released; 13 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and one sublegal released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 49 boaters with four steelhead kept plus three adult summer chinook and four steelhead released; 13 boaters with 19 sublegal sturgeon released; four bank rods with two sublegals released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport, three boaters with no catch; five boaters with 14 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 10 boaters with 19 sublegal sturgeon released; 34 boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, five boaters with no salmon and steelhead; 47 bank rods with one steelhead released; six boaters with one oversize and 14 sublegals released; one bank rod with no sturgeon; one boater with three walleye released; two bank rods with no shad. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 17 boaters with one steelhead kept and three released; 132 bank rods with seven adult chinook, four jack chinook, four steelhead and one sockeye kept plus 10 adult chinook, three jacks, 14 steelhead and two sockeye released; 11 bank rods with 18 shad kept. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 44 boaters with one summer chinook kept plus one jack chinook and five steelhead released. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), eight boaters with two oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 27 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus five oversize and 143 sublegals released; 66 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus 62 sublegals released; 10 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 67 bank rods with four summer chinook kept plus three chinook and two steelhead released; 44 boaters with 70 walleye kept and 13 released; four bank rods with two walleye released; nine boaters with 21 bass kept and 75 released; 20 bank rods with 11 bass kept and 14 released.

John Day pool, 76 boaters with 329 shad; 75 boaters with 105 walleye kept; 24 boaters with 19 sturgeon released.