Fishing report 6/16

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Angling rules change slightly beginning today in the Columbia River with the switch from the spring to the summer management period.

Downstream of Bonneville Dam, sportsmen now can keep two adult, fin-clipped chinook. Boat fishing also is legal now between Bonneville Dam and the Tower Island power lines near The Dalles.

A flight on Saturday counted 300 boats and 1,000 salmon-steelhead bank rods in the lower Columbia.

Catches remain mediocre for sturgeon in the estuary, with charter anglers and private boaters alike getting only about one fish per six to eight rods. Effort is beginning to build with 125 private boats and 14 charters counted in the estuary on Saturday.

Kokanee fishing is spotty in both Merwin and Yale reservoirs. The fish in Yale are averaging only about 10 inches this year. Limits are possible in Merwin for anglers who get on the water early and fish hard.

Walleye fishing remains very good in The Dalles pool of the Columbia Gorge.

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

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 357 private boaters with 79 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, 10 oversize and 450 sublegals released; four charter boat anglers with four sublegals released. (ODFW)

Ilwaco, Chinook ramps, 172 charter boat anglers with 14 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, six oversize and 79 sublegals released; 59 private boat anglers with two legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, two oversize and four sublegals released. (WDFW)

Knappton, Deep River ramps, 51 anglers with seven legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize, one green and 20 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Chinook to Knappton, 18 bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Jones Beach to Tongue Point, 82 Oregon bank rods with six adult spring chinook, four jack chinook and five steelhead kept plus two adult chinook and two jacks released. (ODFW)

Tongue Point to Puget Island, 19 boaters with three adult spring chinook and four jacks kept plus three adult chinook released. (ODFW)

Estuary, nine bank rods with two steelhead kept and one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 74 bank rods with three adult chinook, six jack chinook, and 15 steelhead kept plus two jack chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 29 boaters with five adult spring chinook kept; nine boaters with 29 shad kept; five boaters with eight sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Longview, 262 bank rods with three adult chinook, six jack chinook, 30 steelhead and one sockeye kept plus three adult chinook, five jack chinook and seven steelhead released; 82 boaters with 10 adult chinook, two jacks, one sockeye, and 12 steelhead kept plus four adult chinook, two jacks and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 23 boaters with six adult chinook, one jack and one steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released; 89 bank rods with two adult chinook, four jacks and one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Woodland, 45 boaters with 13 adult chinook and three jacks kept plus three chinook released; 258 bank rods with 22 adult chinook, 10 jacks, five steelhead, and three sockeye kept plus four adult chinook, one jack and two steelhead released; three boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 19 boaters with four adult chinook and five jacks kept plus one adult chinook released; 154 bank rods with 13 adult chinook, 18 jacks, and one steelhead kept plus four adult chinook and two jacks released; two boaters with no sturgeon; five bank rods with four sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, two bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; seven boaters with two oversize and six sublegal sturgeon released; two bank rods with no sturgeon; six boaters with no shad; 10 bank rods with no shad. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 410 bank rods with 80 adult chinook, 52 jacks and one steelhead kept plus 30 adult chinook, 12 jack chinook and four steelhead released; five boaters with six shad; 414 bank rods with 1,103 shad kept and 19 released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), nine boaters with one adult spring chinook and three jacks kept plus three adult chinook released; seven boaters with 75 shad kept; 119 Oregon bank rods with 496 shad kept and 26 released. ((ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), 34 boaters wih eight oversize and 15 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 22 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 23 sublegals released; two boaters with 10 sublegal sturgeon released; 135 bank rods with 14 spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus 12 chinook released; 15 boaters with 77 walleye kept and 34 released; four boaters with 61 bass released; 13 bank rods with six bass kept and 13 released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 10 boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Seventeen boaters with three steelhead kept; 70 bank rods with three adult spring chinook and two jacks kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — One bank rod with no steelhead. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Three bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 15 boaters with six adult spring chinook and one jack kept plus two jacks released; two bank rods with no catch. In the gorge, 11 bank rods with four adult chinook and two jacks kept. At the coffer dam, 13 bank rods with 23 adult spring chinook and one jack kept. In the upper river, 14 bank rods with two adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Thirteen boaters with one adult spring chinook and four jacks. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Eleven bank rods with five adult spring chinook, one jack and one steelhead kept plus two adult chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Yale Reservoir — Two boaters with 10 kokanee.