Fishing report 6/23

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Washington and Oregon officials will meet at 1 p.m. today to review the sturgeon fishery in the Columbia River estuary.

The season is scheduled to close beginning Monday, then reopen July 1-4. The harvest through Sunday was 1,200 sturgeon, just 18 percent of the catch guideline of 6,800.

Fishing was slow last weekend with charter boats catching a legal sturgeon per 7.9 rods while private boaters averaged a keeper per 11.3 rods. Fishing effort in the private fleet is about half of 2010's.

Officials also will review the sturgeon fishery in the Bonneville pool today. Fishing closed for retention in February, but some sturgeon remain on the catch guideline.

Summer chinook anglers made 9,600 trips on the lower Columbia River in the first four days of the season, keeping 885 salmon and releasing 446.

Streamflow on Wednesday at Bonneville remains ultra-high at 442,000 cubic feet per second with 3 feet of visibility. The flow is expected to increase this weekend a bit, then fall back to about the current level.

Kokanee fishing is slow at Merwin Reservoir.

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

Lower Columbia — Ilwaco, Chinook ramps, 505 charter anglers with 61 legal sturgeon kept plus three legal, 38 oversize and 210 sublegals released; 129 private boaters with 15 legal sturgeon kept plus seven oversize and 22 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 554 boaters with 113 legal sturgeon kept plus four legal, 19 oversize and 694 sublegals released; 11 charter anglers with two legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and six sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Tongue Point to Puget Island, 104 boaters with 11 adult summer chinook, six jack chinook, three sockeye and five steelhead kept plus five adult chinook, one jack chinook and one sockeye released. (ODFW)

Knappton, Deep River ramps, 52 private boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 22 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Estuary, 18 bank rods with two steelhead kept and one jack chinook kept; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 67 bank rods with 11 steelhead and two summer chinook kept plus six steelhead released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 110 boaters with 10 adult summer chinook, seven jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus five adult chinook and two jacks released. (ODFW)

Longview, 131 boaters with seven adult summer chinook, 10 jacks, six steelhead and one sockeye kept plus two adult chinook, two jacks and one steelhead kept; 350 bank rods with six adult summer chinook, six jack chinook, 19 steelhead and 11 sockeye kept plus one adult chinook, two jacks and five steelhead released; four boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, five boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 143 boaters with 24 adult summer chinook and 12 jacks kept plus two adult chinook, one steelhead and one sockeye released; 94 bank rods with two adult summer chinook and three steelhead kept plus one adult chinook, two steelhead and one sockeye released; 17 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept, one legal sturgeon released and 21 sublegals released; seven bank rods with two oversize and three sublegal sturgeon released; two boaters with 12 shad kept. (WDFW)

Woodland, 65 boaters with five adult summer chinook and seven jacks kept plus 11 adult chinook and three jacks released; 142 bank rods with two adult summer chinook, five jack chinook and three sockeye kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 30 boaters with two adult summer chinook and two jacks kept; 77 bank rods with two adult summer chinook, five jacks, one steelhead and one sockeye kept plus three adult summer chinook and three jacks released; two bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, four boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 15 boaters with one summer chinook released; four boaters with no shad. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 11 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; eight boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; four bank rods with no sturgeon; six boaters and three bank rods with no shad. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 298 bank rods with 35 adult summer chinook and five jacks kept plus 15 adult chinook, two jacks and one steelhead released; 13 boaters with one oversize and eight sublegals released; three boaters with 50 shad kept; 348 bank rods with 1,115 shad kept and 21 released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 12 boaters with three summer chinook kept and one released; 33 boaters with 195 shad kept. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), 28 boaters with seven oversize and 41 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles, four boaters with no sturgeon; seven bank rods with one legal sturgeon and 17 sublegals released; 138 bank rods with one summer chinook kept and one released; nine boaters with 17 walleye kept; four boaters with 40 bass released; five bank rods with 17 bass kept and six released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Four boaters with one adult spring chinook, one jack and one steelhead released; two bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Kalama — Twenty-three bank rods with six steelhead kept plus one steelhead and one spring chinook released. (WDFW)

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

Washougal — Eleven boaters with two hatchery steelhead kept, one hatchery steelhead released and two wild steelhead released; 122 bank rods with 14 hatchery steelhead kept and three wild fish released. (WDFW)

Wind — In the gorge, two bank rods with one spring chinook. Near the coffer dam, one bank rod with no chinook. In the upper river, six bank rods with one adult spring chinook. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Five boaters with one adult spring chinook. (WDFW)

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

Kress Lake — Eight anglers with two yellow perch and two rainbow trout kept plus three bluegill and one bass released. (WDFW)

Horseshoe Lake — Twenty-five anglers with three rainbow trout. (WDFW)

Kidney Lake — Twenty-one anglers with 11 rainbow trout and 12 sculpin kept; four trout and 35 sculpin released. (WDFW)

Icehouse Lake — Three anglers with three rainbow trout kept. (WDFW)

Tunnel Lake — Three anglers with one rainbow trout kept. (WDFW)

Rowland Lake — Seven anglers with one rainbow trout kept plus two bluegill and one bullhead released. (WDFW)

Horsethief Lake — Two anglers with no catch. (WDFW)

Spearfish Lake — Three anglers with one rainbow trout released. (WDFW)

Merwin Reservoir — Three boaters with eight kokanee.

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