Fishing report 5/3

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Counts at Bonneville Dam remain below expectations and so does the catch at the mouth of Wind River.

Sampling last week at Wind River tallied a spring chinook per 17 rods. Chinook already are moving up the river rather than lingering at the mouth.

Fishing was better at Drano Lake at a spring salmon per eight rods.

The other main spring chinook fishery — in Oregon’s Willamette River — appears more promising.

Sampling at the lower end of Multnomah Channel on Saturday and Sunday tallied 113 boats with 30 spring chinook kept and seven released. The catch numbers in the upper end of the channel plus in the main Willamette have been better than in the lower channel.

Kokanee fishing is spotty at Merwin Reservoir, but improving and limits are possible.

Walleye fishing continues good at the upper end of The Dalles pool.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview to Portland, 62 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 24 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Troutdale, two boaters with eight sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, nine bank rods with two spring chinook kept. (ODFW) Twenty-five bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 18 boaters with 19 walleye kept and three released; 243 bank rods with 17 spring chinook kept and three released; 46 boaters with six spring chinook and one steelhead kept; two boaters with seven bass released. (ODFW)

John Day pool, 22 boaters with no walleye; 11 boaters with no salmon; 17 boaters with seven bass kept and 94 released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Seventy-three boaters with 18 adult spring chinook, one jack chinook and two steelhead kept; 210 bank rods with 22 adult spring chinook, two jacks and three steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Twenty-one boaters with two spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus one chinook released; 20 bank rods with one spring chinook kept plus one chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Eleven boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 25 bank rods with one chinook and two steelhead. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Thirteen boaters with two spring chinook kept plus one jack chinook and three steelhead released; 30 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

Washougal — Thirteen boaters with three steelhead kept and four released; 50 bank rods with four steelhead released. (WDFW)

Wind — Five bank rods with no catch; 235 boaters with 13 spring chinook kept plus one spring chinook and four sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Twenty bank rods with four spring chinook; 363 boaters with 45 spring chinook kept plus two sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Merwin Reservoir — Two boaters with 10 kokanee.