Fishing report 4/26

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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With the lower Columbia closed for spring chinook, fishing interest shifts to either Wind River and Drano Lake in the gorge, or the lower Willamette in Oregon.

No catch information is available yet for Wind and Drano since the big spike of chinook began Sunday at Bonneville Dam. The counts were 2,887 chinook on Sunday, 4,376 on Monday and 4,873, on Tuesday.

With those healthy counts, the bite should improve soon at both spots.

The new buoy line is in place at the mouth of the Wind, enlarging the fishing area. To seem a map detailing the new line location, click this link http://bit.ly/Ij5s59.

The lower Willamette is flowing at about double its normal amount, but the visibility in Portland is between 2.5 and 3 feet, so not great but good enough.

Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) department of Fish and Wildlife. These lower Columbia counts are through Sunday. Remember, the lower Columbia is closed for salmon and steelhead.

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Puget Island, two boaters with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Estuary, 171 boaters with 87 adult spring chinook, two jack chinook and two steelhead kept plus eight adult chinook and one jack released. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Wauna power lines, 179 boaters with 56 adult spring chinook and one jack chinook kept plus 13 adult spring chinook one jack chinook released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, 82 boaters with 35 adult spring chinook and one jack chinook kept plus four adult chinook and one steelhead released; 98 bank rods with nine adult spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus three spring chinook released. (WDFW)

Longview, 669 boaters with 207 adult spring chinook, one jack and three steelhead kept plus 35 spring chinook released; 173 bank rods with nine adult spring chinook, one jack chinook and three steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, 26 boaters with three adult spring chinook kept and one released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 1,342 boaters with 235 adult spring chinook, three jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus 48 adult chinook and one jack released; 483 Oregon bank rods with 36 adult spring chinoo and 13 steelhead kept plus six spring chinook and four steelhead released; 24 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 61 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Kalama, 331 boasters with 108 adult spring chinook and one jack chinook kept plus 16 chinook and three sublegal sturgeon released; 77 bank rods with two spring chinook and one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Woodland, 409 boaters with 122 adult spring chinook kept and 30 released; 397 bank rods with 15 adult spring chinook and three steelhead kept plus two adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 745 boaters with 204 adult spring chinook and two jacks kept plus 23 spring chinook and four sublegal sturgeon released; 254 bank rods with 18 adult spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus three chinook released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 495 boaters with 99 adult spring chinook and two jacks kept plus 28 chinook released; four boaters with nine sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 436 boaters with 56 adult chinook kept and 13 chinook released; nine boaters with 18 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 94 boaters with 17 adult spring chinook kept and two released; 68 bank rods with three adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 104 boaters with 36 spring chinook kept and eight released; 43 Oregon bank rods with 19 spring chinook kept and one released. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 47 boaters with 15 adult spring chinook kept; 315 bank rods with 84 adult spring chinook kept plus 11 released; four boaters with 15 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 15 boaters with 33 sublegal sturgeon released; 15 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus eight sublegals released; 20 boaters with 16 walleye kept and three released; six boaters with no chinook; 41 bank rods with one spring chinook kept. (ODFW)

John Day pool, 76 boaters with 14 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, one oversize and 44 sublegals released; 48 bank rods with three sublegal sturgeon released; 71 boaters with 13 walleye kept and one released; 11 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Fifty-two boaters with 15 steelhead and seven spring chinook kept; 118 bank rods wth four spring chinook and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Kalama — One boater with no salmon or steelhead; 10 bank rods with one spring chinook kept and one released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Three boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Six boaters with one spring chinook; 17 bank rods with one spring chinook. (WDFW)

Washougal — Ten boaters with one wild steelhead released; 25 bank rods with one wild steelhead released. (WDFW)

Wind — Thirty-nine boaters with no spring chinook. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Fifteen boaters with four spring chinook; three bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Six bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)