Fishing report 6/2

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Trout fishing opens Saturday in Canyon Creek in eastern Clark County and the Little White Salmon River in Skamania County.

Canyon Creek has been stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout, while the Little White Salmon is getting 3,000 trout.

The daily bag limit is five fish, with an eight-inch minimum size.

• Spring chinook fishing in the mid-Columbia pools will remain open through June 15, Washington and Oregon officials agreed Wednesday.

Angling was scheduled to close beginning Friday between Bonneville Dam and the Washington-Oregon border, east of Umatilla, Ore.

Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said a projected 886 spring chinook remain on the sport allocation for this year, factoring in the lower Columbia catch through June 15.

Sportsmen in the pools are averaging only about 15 spring chinook per day, she said. The extension is projected to add fewer than 300 chinook to the catch.

Fishing will be open from the Tower Island power lines upstream to the border plus from both the Washington and Oregon shores from Bonneville Dam to Tower Island.

• Angling effort in the lower Columbia is light, not unexpected with the river at flood stage and above.

Chris Kern of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said a flight on Saturday of the lower Columbia tallied only 89 boats, although a bigger number of bank anglers.

The water clarity has improved to 2.6 feet at Bonneville Dam.

The catch on Tuesday was surprisingly good with 99 anglers in the lower Columbia checked with 11 adult spring chinook, 14 jacks and six steelhead.

• Shad counts at Bonneville Dam are way behind normal. Through May, the total count was 1,857 shad. The lowest May count in the past decade was 45,038 a year ago. Three times in the past decade the May tally has topped 660,000.

• Sturgeon fishing remains slow in the Columbia River estuary. Eighty-nine charter anglers last week had just four keeper sturgeon.

• Kokanee fishing has gone sour at Merwin Reservoir. Most trollers were lucky if they caught a fish or two last weekend. The bite is a bit faster at Yale Reservoir, but not much, and the kokanee there are only about nine inches.

• Kidney Lake near North Bonneville was stocked last week with 3,000 catchable-size rainbow trout. Spearfish Lake near Dallesport got 4,100 catchables and 145 3-pound broodstock trout. Horsethief Lake near Lyle was planted with 8,000 catchables and 145 3-pounders.

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

Lower Columbia — Ilwaco and Chinook, 89 charter anglers with four legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 25 sublegals released; 23 private boat anglers with no catch. (WDFW)

Knappton, Deep River ramps, 11 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and one sublegal released. (WDFW)

Knappton to Chinook, 11 bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 178 boaters with 13 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, one oversize and 113 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Estuary, 12 bank rods with one steelhead released; two boaters with two legal sturgeon kept. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Puget Island, nine boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (ODFW)

Tongue Point to Jones Beach, 74 Oregon bank rods with three adult spring chinook, four jacks and 13 steelhead kept. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, three boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 18 bank rods with one jack chinook released. (ODFW)

Longview, 62 boaters with seven steelhead kept and one jack chinook released; 177 bank rods with two adult spring chinook, two jack and nine steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 21 boaters with four jack spring chinook kept plus one jack released; seven boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus two sublegals released; four bank rods with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Kalama, 69 bank rods with one jack chinook kept and one jack chinook released; five boaters with no catch; three bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Woodland, six boaters with two adult spring chinook kept; 218 bank rods with six adult chinook, 18 jacks and four steelhead kept plus one adult chinook, four jacks and two steelhead released; three boaters with 15 shad kept and four released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 19 boaters with three adult spring chinook and two jacks kept; 177 bank rods with four adult chinook, five jacks, and one steelhead kept plus eight adult chinook and one steelhead released; two boaters with six sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, two boaters with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 30 boaters with one adult spring chinook and one jack kept; nine bank rods with no salmon; five bank rods with no sturgeon; 40 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus 14 oversize and 25 sublegals released; one boater with no shad. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), eight boaters with one jack spring chinook kept; seven bank rods with no salmon, two bank rods with no shad; five bank rods with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

North Bonneville, 87 bank rods with four adult spring chinook and eight jacks kept plus one adult chinook released; 41 bank rods with four shad. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82) eight boaters with four oversize and 10 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 16 bank rods with one spring chinook kept; five boaters with no catch; 11 boaters with 73 walleye kept and 14 released; two boaters with 10 bass kept and six released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — One-hundred-six bank rods with two adult spring chinook, three jacks and four steelhead kept; 34 boaters with three steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Kalama — Four boaters with one steelhead released; 29 bank rods with three steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Three bank rods with one steelhead kept.(WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Ten bank rods with one steelhead kept; two boaters with one steelhead kept and one spring chinook jack released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Forty-nine bank rods with three hatchery steelhead kept and three wild fish released; 17 boaters with three hatchery steelhead kept and one wild fish released

Wind — At the mouth, 32 boaters with two adult spring chinook and two jacks kept. In the gorge, 25 bank rods with three adult spring chinook kept. Near the coffer dam, 10 bank rods with three adult and one jack chinook kept. In the upper river, four bank rods with no salmon. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Sixty-one boaters with 10 adult and six jack chinook kept. (WDFW)

Klickitat —Thirty bank rods with two adult spring chinook, seven jacks and five steelhead kept plus two adult chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Merwin Reservoir — Two boaters with one kokanee.

Yale Reservoir — Two boaters with two kokanee.

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