Fishing report 5/10

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Spring chinook catches at Wind River and Drano Lake are inconsistent and subpar overall.

Monday was a good day with 29 boats sampled with 37 spring chinook at Wind River. The big counts at Bonneville Dam (9,100 on Monday and 12,000 on Tuesday) should help the bite, but gusty winds are forecast for Friday.

Last week, anglers were getting about a fish per eight rods at both places.

Two rods are allowed at the mouth of Wind River and become legal at Drano Lake beginning on Saturday for anglers with the two-pole endorsement on their fishing license.

Catches in the lower Willamette are not bad, but behind the pace of the past two years. The check Saturday and Sunday at Bayport was 106 boats with 37 chinook kept and seven released.

Sturgeon retention opens Saturday from the Wauna power lines near Cathlamet downstream to the mouth of the Columbia River. The daily bag limit is one fish, with a minimum fork length of 41 inches and a maximum of 54 inches.

Fishing for shad, hatchery steelhead, hatchery chinook jacks and sockeye opens on Wednesday from Interstate 5 downstream to Tongue Point in Oregon and Rocky Point in Washington. Shad fishing also will be allowed beginning Wednesday upstream of I-5.

Kokanee fishing is fair at Merwin Reservoir. Battle Ground Lake was planted with almost 3,000 rainbow trout last week.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview to Portland, 77 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus 43 sublegals released; eight Oregon bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Longview, five boaters and two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Kalama, three boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and nine sublegals released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, two boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one spring chinook and 10 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, six boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus seven sublegals released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, five boaters with one oversize and three sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 30 bank rods with three spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 12 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 126 bank rods with six spring chinook kept and two chinook released; three boaters with four walleye kept; one boater with two sublegal sturgeon released; three bank rods with three sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 26 boaters with no spring chinook; 69 bank rods with 10 spring chinook kept and eight released; two boaters with two walleye kept; two boaters with two bass kept; one bank rod with one bass kept; two boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversized two sublegals released; 14 bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Fourteen boaters with one spring chinook and one steelhead kept; 99 bank rods with 11 spring chinook and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Kalama — Forty-two boaters with three spring chinook and four steelhead kept plus one spring chinook and four steelhead released; 50 bank rods with two adult spring chinook; two jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus one adult spring chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Twelve boaters with one spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus one jack chinook released; 61 bank rods with two adult spring chinook and one jack chinook kept. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Two boaters and 16 bank rods with no spring chinook or steelhead. (WDFW)

Washougal — Eight boaters with one steelhead kept and one released; 38 bank rods with one steelhead kept and one released. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 641 boaters with 76 spring chinook kept plus one steelhead and four sublegal sturgeon released; 13 bank rods with one spring chinook kept.

In the gorge, one boater with no salmon. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Fifteen bank rods with one spring chinook kept; 325 boaters with 39 spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Fifteen bank rods with one spring chinook kept and one steelhead released. (WDFW)