Fishing report 6/9

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Enough spring chinook jacks and summer steelhead are getting caught in the lower Columbia River to demonstrate the fish still bite to some extent even at flood stage and dirty water.

The estuary sturgeon fishery remains slow, as does kokanee fishing at Merwin and Yale reservoirs.

Gillnet season

The Columbia River Compact will meet at 10 a.m. today at Rainier City Hall to consider commercial fishing periods for summer chinook salmon.

Washington and Oregon biologists are recommending the netters fish from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on June 16-17 and June 22-23 from the mouth of the Columbia upstream to Beacon Rock.

Despite the dirty river, walleye and bass fishing is good in The Dalles pool.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, nine bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 335 boaters with 59 legal sturgeon kept plus two legal, nine oversize, 431 sublegal and six green sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Tongue Point to Puget Island, 33 boaters with six adult spring chinook, eight jack chinook, and two steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (ODFW)

Tongue Point to Jones Beach, 81 Oregon bank rods three adult spring chinook, five jack chinook, 10 steelhead and one sockeye kept plus two adult chinook and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Ports of Ilwaco and Chinook, 196 charter boat anglers with 11 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, 10 oversize, and 23 sublegals released; 101 private boaters with 11 legal sturgeon kept plus four oversize and 15 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Knappton, Deep River boat ramps, 21 private boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus three sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 43 bank rods with six steelhead and two jack spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 58 boaters with six adult spring chinook and eight jack chinook kept plus three adult chinook released; 204 Oregon bank rods with 12 adult spring chinook, nine jack chinook and six steelhead kept plus three adult chinook, three jacks and three steelhead released. (ODFW)

Longview, 189 bank rods with 21 steelhead, two adult spring chinook and two jack chinook kept plus two steelhead released; 110 boater with 13 steelhead, five adult spring chinook and one jack chinook kept plus two adult chinook and one steelhead released; 12 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and 13 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 70 bank rods with two adult spring chinook and one jack kept; 20 boaters with four adult spring chinook kept and two shad released; four boaters with eight sublegal sturgeon released; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, 22 boaters with three adult chinook and one jack kept; 182 bank rods with 11 adult spring chinook, 13 jack chinook, six steelhead and three shad kept plus five adult chinook, four jacks and one steelhead released; one bank rod with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 12 boaters with one adult spring chinook and three jacks kept plus one adult chinook released; 95 bank rods with eight adult chinook and 11 jacks kept plu six adult chinook, eight jacks and one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, 14 boaters with one adult spring chinook kept; 18 bank rods with no catch; 13 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and five sublegals released; five bank rods with no sturgeon; three boaters with no shad. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 116 bank rods with 17 adult spring chinook and 16 jacks kept plus five adult chinook and one jack released; 60 bank rods with 95 shad kept and two released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), three boaters with two spring chinook kept; nine Oregon bank anglers with 17 shad kept and eight released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 47 bank rods with one legal and 39 sublegal sturgeon released; 21 boaters with one oversize, one legal and 70 sublegal sturgeon released; 118 bank rods with six spring chinook kept and three released; six boaters with no salmon; 18 boaters with 108 walleye kept and 24 released; 11 boaters with 15 bass kept and 96 released; three bank rods with two bass kept and three released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Twenty-five boaters with three steelhead and one adult spring chinook; 101 bank rods with 18 adult spring chinook, two jacks and one steelhead kept plus two adult spring chinook released. (WDFW)

Washougal — Seventy-one bank rods with two hatchery steelhead kept and one wild steelhead released; 21 boaters with one hatchery steelhead kept and two wild steelhead released. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 55 boaters with 17 adult spring chinook and two jacks kept. In the gorge, 11 bank rods with 16 adult and six jack chinook kept. In the upper river, eight bank rods with three adult chinook. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Twenty boaters with five adult spring chinook and three jacks kept plus one adult released; two bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Nine bank rods with three adult chinook, two jacks and one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Merwin Reservoir — Two boaters with seven kokanee.

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