Fishing report 7/5

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Angling effort shifts to summer steelhead in the lower Columbia until August now that chinook and sockeye retention are closed and the estuary sturgeon season is catch-and-release.

Steelhead counts will start to build at Bonneville Dam soon and the catches from the beaches downstream of Longview are improving.

Kokanee fishing has been slow at Merwin Reservoir. Goose Lake was stocked with 3,500 cutthroat trout last week.

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

Lower Columbia — Fort Canby, Ilwaco ramps, 78 charter boat anglers on Sunday with 34 legal sturgeon kept plus seven oversize and 30 sublegals released; 41 private boaters with six legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 19 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Chinook, 128 boaters with 27 legal sturgeon kept plus four oversize and 35 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Estuary, five boaters with one adult summer chinook and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 33 boaters with one adult summer chinook, three steelhead and one sockeye kept plus two steelhead released; 78 bank rods with three adult chinook, seven sockeye and 15 steelhead kept plus one chinook, one sockeye and four steelhead released; 10 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus 13 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Longview, 106 boaters with 12 summer chinook and four steelhead kept plus 13 adult chinook, one jack chinook, one steelhead and one sockeye released; 329 bank rods with one adult chinook, one jack chinook, 23 steelhead and 32 sockeye kept plus 14 steelhead released; 38 boaters with seven legal sturgeon kept and 68 sublegals released; 51 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept plus six sublegals released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 141 boaters with 13 adult summer chinook, one jack chinook, three steelhead and 12 sockeye kept plus two chinook and two steelhead released; 216 bank rods with 15 adult summer chinook and four sockeye kept plus 10 adult chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead released; 46 boaters with six legal sturgeon kept plus 76 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 175 boaters with 14 adult summer chinook, two sockeye and one steelhead kept plus three adult chinook and one jack chinook released; 313 bank rods with 13 adult chinook, 10 sockeye and one steelhead kept plus seven adult chinook, one jack chinook and two steelhead released; 15 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus 15 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 87 boaters with four chinook and two sockeye kept plus one chinook released; 199 bank rods with 11 adult chinook and eight sockeye kept plus two chinook and one steelhead released; 12 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 14 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, 21 boaters with one sockeye kept and one chinook released; 46 bank rods with two steelhead kept and one adult chinook released; 27 boaters with one oversize and 17 sublegals released. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 14 boaters with two adult summer chinook kept and one released; 107 bank rods with four steelhead and two sockeye kept plus two steelhead released; 48 bank rods with 102 shad kept. (WDFW)