Fishing report 6/30

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Sturgeon fishing in the Columbia River estuary remains slow but is improving. More than 220 boats were counted in the estuary on Saturday.

For anyone who missed it, Washington and Oregon have agreed sturgeon retention downstream of the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet will stay open through July 31.

Salmon and steelhead fishermen in the lower Columbia made 15,100 trips last week, keeping 1,759 summer chinook and releasing 766. The sockeye catch was 366 kept and 117 released.

Best success is either downstream of Kalama or in the Gorge, with the middle section of the lower Columbia slower.

Steelhead catches also are improving, particularly off the Washington shore.

Shad fishing remains slow in the Camas-Washougal area, but is better near Bonneville Dam.

At the coast, anglers from the Columbia River ports averaged 1.14 salmon per rod with about 75 percent of the catch being coho.

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

Lower Columbia — Ilwaco and Chinook ramps, 160 private boaters with five legal sturgeon kept plus 12 oversize and 15 sublegals released; 355 charter anglers with 39 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, 22 oversize and 91 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 616 boaters with 140 legal sturgeon kept plus 14 legal, 38 oversize and 660 sublegals released; 12 charter boat anglers with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize released. (ODFW)

Knappton and Deep River ramps, 82 private boaters with 18 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, five oversize and 41 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Chinook to Knappton, 16 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept.

Estuary, 11 boaters with three adult summer chinook, two jacks, 11 steelhead and one sockeye kept; 71 bank rods with 22 steelhead and one summer chinook kept plus four steelhead released. (WDFW)

Astoria Bridge to Puget Island, 19 boaters with six adult summer chinook and one jack kept plus two adult chinook, one steelhead and six sockeye released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, 34 boaters with five adult summer chinook and six steelhead kept plus six adult chinook released; 153 bank rods with three adult summer chinook, six jacks, 20 steelhead and 13 sockeye kept plus five adult chinook, four steelhead and one sockeye released. (WDFW)

Longview, 112 boaters with 12 adult summer chinook, one jack chinook and six steelhead kept plus three adult chinook and two jacks released; 499 bank rods with seven adult chinook, eight jacks, 48 steelhead and 14 sockeye kept plus one adult chinook and 14 steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 85 boaters with seven adult summer chinook and two jacks kept plus one adult chinook and one jack released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, two boaters with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Kalama, 128 boaters with 23 adult summer chinook, eight jack chinook and two steelhead kept plus five adult chinook and two jacks released; 150 bank rods with two adult chinook, four jack chinook, two steelhead and one sockeye kept plus one adult chinook and one steelhead released; 12 boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; five bank rods with one sublegal released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 107 boaters with 16 adult chinook, three jack chinook and two sockeye kept plus three adult chinook and two jacks released; 281 bank rods with one jack chinook, four steelhead and four sockeye kept plus seven adult chinook, three jacks and three steelhead released; two boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 89 boaters with seven adult chinook and one jack kept plus five adults and one jack released; 207 bank rods with six adult chinook, six jacks and one steelhead kept plus seven adult chinook and one jack released; eight boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and four sublegals released; five bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 28 boaters with two adult summer chinook kept; six boaters with one shad kept; 11 boaters with 15 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 10 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 17 bank rods with one adult summer chinook; 13 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 20 sublegals released; 13 bank rods with three sublegal sturgeon released; five boaters with two shad kept; 16 bank rods with five shad kept; one boater with no walleye. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, five boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 349 bank rods with 55 adult chinook, 25 jacks and one steelhead kept plus 41 adult chinook, three jacks and two steelhead released; two boaters with 19 shad kept; 595 bank rods with 2,073 shad kept and 37 released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 37 boaters with eight adult summer chinook and two jacks kept plus two adult chinook released; 32 boaters with 92 shad kept. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), 70 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 15 oversize and 51 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, two bank rods with two legal sturgeon kept plus 15 sublegals released; seven boaters with 31 sublegals released; 52 bank rods with five summer chinook kept and four released; four boaters with five walleye kept; four boaters with 19 bass released. (ODFW)

John Day pool, two boaters with no bass; 51 boaters with 50 walleye; three boaters with no sturgeon; 17 boaters with 67 shad. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — At the barrier dam, 19 bank rods with five adult spring chinook, three jacks and one steelhead kept plus one steelhead released. (WDFW)