Fishing report 5/19

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Anglers can keep up to four adult hatchery spring chinook beginning today at Wind River and Drano Lake.

The limit is now six salmon, with as many as four adults.

When the hatchery ladder was opened for a single day last week, a total of 1,662 spring chinook entered Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery. The facility needs 1,000 for spawning.

At Drano Lake, the night closure, bank-only rule near the outlet and Wednesday closures remain in effect through June.

Carson National Fish Hatchery on the Wind River also is expected to meet its spawning goal.

Spring chinook fishing in the lower Columbia River wasn’t great on Sunday’s reopener, but it wasn’t a total bust either.

Despite the high water, there were slightly more than 400 boats plus 466 bank rods counted on a flight over the river on Sunday. There were lots of jacks in the catch, mostly upper Columbia-origin jacks.

The jack count at Bonneville Dam is running ahead of average, an encouraging sign for 2012.

Anglers can keep up to four adult hatchery spring chinook beginning today at Wind River and Drano Lake.

The limit is now six salmon, with as many as four adults.

When the hatchery ladder was opened for a single day last week, a total of 1,662 spring chinook entered Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery. The facility needs 1,000 for spawning.

At Drano Lake, the night closure, bank-only rule near the outlet and Wednesday closures remain in effect through June.

Carson National Fish Hatchery on the Wind River also is expected to meet its spawning goal.

Flow on Wednesday was an ultra-high 460,000 cubic feet per second. The Northwest River Forecast Center is predicting the flow to stay at this level at least through May 29.

Success at Wind River and Drano Lake is slowing, as would be expected this late into the month.

Shad fishing is open, but only a handful of fish have been counted at Bonneville Dam.

Battle Ground Lake was planted with 4,500 rainbow trout recently.

Merwin Reservoir continues to yield 13-inch kokanee, but the bite rate has slowed considerably from a month ago.

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

Lower Columbia — Cathlamet, three bank rods and one boater with no spring chinook or steelhead. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, eight boaters with three spring chinook kept and one jack chinook released; 154 boaters with five legal sturgeon kept and 86 sublegals released; 195 Oregon bank rods with 30 adult spring chinook, 23 jack chinook and nine steelhead kept plus four adult chinook, five jack chinook and one sockeye released; seven Oregon bank rods with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Longview, 51 boaters with three adult spring chinook, two jacks and three steelhead kept plus two adult chinook and one jack released; 27 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Kalama, 22 bank rods with one adult spring chinook and one jack kept. (WDFW)

Woodland, 23 bank rods with eight jack chinook and one steelhead kept; 21 boaters with four adult and two jack spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Frenchmen’s Bar, eight boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 15 boaters with two adult and three jack spring chinook kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 132 boaters with 18 adult spring chinook and 11 jack chinook kept plus seven adult chinook and two jacks released; two boaters with no walleye. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 45 boaters with three adult and 11 jack chinook kept and three adult chinook released; 13 bank rods with one adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 76 bank rods with five adult and 30 jack chinook kept plus two adult and seven jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge, below Marker 82, 17 boaters with 11 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge, downstream of Beacon Rock, five boaters with one adult spring chinook and five jacks kept plus two jacks released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, five boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; 33 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept and 29 sublegals released; 27 boaters with 122 walleye kept and 13 released; three bank rods with one bass kept and one released; three boaters with three bass kept and and 72 released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Twelve boaters with one adult spring chinook kept; 155 bank rods with 18 adult spring chinook and 17 jacks kept plus two adult chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Two boaters with no catch; 38 bank rods with three adult spring chinook, one jack chinook and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — Twenty-one bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; one boater with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Twenty-four bank rods with one adult spring chinook and one jack kept plus one steelhead released; one boater with no catch. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 379 boaters with 158 adult spring chinook and 33 jacks kept plus three adult and two jack spring chinook released; six bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Sixty-seven bank rods with 24 adult spring chinook and one jack kept; 331 boaters with 141 adult spring chinook and 10 jacks kept plus three adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Forty-seven bank rods with 18 adult spring chinook, three jack chinook and three steelhead kept plus two adult chinook, one jack and one steelhead released. (WDFW)