Fishing report 6/28

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Washington and Oregon officials will meet Thursday afternoon to review summer chinook counts and catches in the lower Columbia River.

The summer chinook run looks very unlikely to come close to the forecast of 91,200. That much is clear already.

Sportsmen downstream of Bonneville Dam caught and kept 2,125 summer chinook and released 1,439 chinook through Sunday, the initial nine days of the season.

Chinook retention is scheduled to be closed beginning Monday downstream of Bonneville Dam.

With the downsizing of the run, also downsized is the sport allocation of 3,800 for the lower Columbia. But it's not strictly a case of simple math. As the run gets smaller, a higher percentage is allocated to fisheries upstream of Priest Rapids Dam in central Washington.

Sturgeon fishing in the Columbia River estuary improved last week with 4,100 trips and 1,100 sturgeon caught. That brings the season catch to 2,800, which is 67 percent of the guideline with two weeks left.

Sturgeon retention is scheduled to be closed beginning July 9 downstream of the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet.

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

Lower Columbia — Fort Canby, Ilwaco ramps, 405 charter boat anglers with 94 legal sturgeon kept plus 56 oversize, three legal and 280 sublegals released; 61 private boat anglers with 14 legal sturgeon kept plus five oversize and 21 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Wauna power lines, 49 boaters with 15 adult summer chinook, four steelhead and five sockeye kept plus 13 summer chinook, two steelhead and one sockeye released; 561 private boat anglers with 146 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, 58 oversize and 493 sublegals released; 28 charter boat anglers with two legal sturgeon kept and 14 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Chinook, 111 private boat anglers with 25 legal sturgeon kept plus four legal, two oversize and 24 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Estuary, 37 boaters with five summer chinook adults, one jack chinook, five steelhead and four sockeye kept plus one adult chinook and three steelhead released; 38 bank rods with eight steelhead, six sockeye and one adult summer chinook kept plus four steelhead released. (WDFW)

Chinook to Knappton, 19 bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Knappton, Deep River ramps, 153 boaters with 32 legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 47 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 51 boaters with 10 adult summer chinook, 12 steelhead and nine sockeye kept plus one chinook and five steelhead released; 140 bank rods with 21 steelhead and 15 sockeye kept plus seven steelhead released; four boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released; five bank rods with three sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Longview, 152 boaters with 10 adult summer chinook, two jacks, eight steelhead and six sockeye kept plus seven chinook and three steelhead released; 417 bank rods with six summer chinook, 33 steelhead and 86 sockeye kept plus one chinook, nine steelhead and two sockeye released; 13 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept and 16 sublegals released; 12 bank rods with four sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 134 boaters with nine adult summer chinook, one jack chinook, two steelhead and four sockeye kept plus six summer chinook released; 45 boaters with seven legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 42 sublegals released. (ODFW)

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

Kalama, 206 boaters with 21 adult summer chinook, one jack, four steelhead and eight sockeye kept plus 16 summer chinook and one steelhead released; 216 bank rods with 21 adult summer chinook, one jack, one steelhead and one sockeye kept plus nine chinook and one steelhead released; 20 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus two legals and 28 sublegals released; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, 117 boaters with six adult summer chinook and five sockeye kept plus 12 adult chinook and one jack released; 333 bank rods with 21 adult summer chinook, two jacks, four steelhead and 14 sockeye kept plus six chinook and one steelhead released; 13 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 25 sublegals released; nine bank rods with two sublegals released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley point, 145 boaters with seven adult summer chinook kept plus five chinook and one steelhead released; 216 bank rods with 10 adult summer chinook, two jacks and four sockeye kept plus 11 chinook and one steelhead released; three boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, four boaters with no salmon or steelhead; six bank rods with one sockeye kept; six boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; two bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept and five sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 88 boaters with two adult summer chinook and four sockeye kept plus two chinook and two jack chinook released; three shad anglers with no catch; 17 boaters with two oversize and 26 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 48 boaters with one summer chinook released; 65 bank rods with two summer chinook and three sockeye kept; 13 boaters with two sublegal sturgeon released; 10 bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released; nine boaters with five shad kept; 24 bank rods with 35 shad kept; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 28 boaters with two adult summer chinook, one jack and one steelhead kept plus three adult chinook released; 241 bank rods with 12 adult summer chinook, four jacks and one sockeye kept plus 11 adult chinook, one jack and one steelhead released; four boaters with eight sublegal sturgeon released; two bank rods with one sublegal released; nine boaters with 60 shad kept; 497 bank rods with 2,521 shad kept and 32 released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge, 50 boaters with three adult summer chinook and two sockeye kept plus two summer chinook released; 17 shad boaters with 45 shad kept and one released. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), six boaters with one oversize and 12 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 147 boaters with 45 legal sturgeon kept plus 23 oversize, one legal and 429 sublegals released; 111 bank rods with 16 legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize, three legal and 182 sublegals released. Sturgeon retention is closed for the year in Bonneville pool. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 13 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 31 sublegals released; 14 bank rods with one legal and seven sublegals released; 17 boaters with seven walleye kept; four boaters with one bass kept and 52 released; four bank rods with one bass kept and one released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Thirty-four boaters with 14 steelhead and three adult spring chinook kept; 103 bank rods with 11 steelhead, adult spring chinook and five jacks kept. (WDFW)

South Fork Toutle — Sixteen bank rods with two steelhead kept. (WDFW)