Fishing report 6/7

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Anglers are getting shad at several locations in the lower Columbia River and counts at Bonneville Dam have skyrocketed to more than 50,000 per day.

Sturgeon fishing in the estuary continues to sputter along with none of the various sampling areas generating great catches.

Bass and walleye fishing in The Dalles pool is very good again, but the kokanee bite at Merwin Reservoir was poor last week.

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

Lower Columbia — Fort Canby/Ilwaco ramps, 152 charter boat anglers with 24 legal sturgeon kept plus 11 oversize and 70 sublegals released; 30 private boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus two sublegals released. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Wauna powerlines, 349 boaters with 71 legal sturgeon kept plus one green, two oversize and 262 sublegals released; 25 charter anglers with one legal sturgeon kept plus three sublegals released. (ODFW)

Chinook, 28 private boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and one sublegal released. (WDFW)

Knappton, Deep river ramps, 50 boaters with nine legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 25 sublegals released. (WDFW)

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

Cathlamet, eight boaters with no steelhead; 39 bank rods with eight steelhead and one sockeye kept plus one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Longview, 20 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept and 53 sublegals released; 14 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept and six sublegals released; 11 boaters with 47 shad kept; nine bank rods with no shad. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 46 boaters with 112 shad kept; 18 boaters with one spring chinook released; 55 Oregon bank rods with eight steelhead kept plus one steelhead, five adult spring chinook and one jack chinook released; 193 boaters with 25 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, two oversize and 161 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Kalama, 28 bank rods with two steelhead kept; five boaters with 18 shad released. (WDFW)

Woodland, six bank rods with no sturgeon; five boaters with no steelhead; 89 bank rods with one steelhead kept plus two adult chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kelley Point to Warrior Rock, 28 bank rods with one steelhead kept; seven boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and nine sublegals released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, three boaters with six shad kept; five boaters with 20 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, bank anglers are averaging more than 2.5 shad per rod. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, bank anglers just downstream of the dam are averaging about 20 shad per rod. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), three boaters with three sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 33 bank rods with two legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 21 sublegals released; seven boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 17 sublegals released; 33 boaters with 48 walleye kept and two released; four boaters with 15 bass kept and 30 released; four bank rods with two bass kept and five released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Nineteen boaters with two steelhead and one spring chinook kept; 138 bank rods with 16 adult spring chinook, three jacks and three steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Five bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Lewis — Seven bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Three boaters with two steelhead kept plus three bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Washougal — Two boaters with one steelhead kept; 76 bank rods with four steelhead kept and two released. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 85 boaters with nine spring chinook kept; 11 bank rods with three spring chinook kept and one released. In the gorge and at the coffer dam, 15 bank rods with four spring chinook kept plus one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Sixty-four boaters with three spring chinook kept; two bank rods with no salmon. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Twenty-eight bank rods with six adult spring chinook, two jack chinook and four steelhead kept plus one chinook released. (WDFW)