Fishing report 5/31

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



State and tribal biologists have downgraded the forecast of the upper Columbia River spring chinook run from 216,500 last week to 209,400 now.

The downgrade, although slight, resulted in Washington and Oregon canceling a hearing to consider additional angling in the lower Columbia. If the run were projected to be 217,000, non-Indians would be allowed a greater percentage of harvest under the Columbia River fishery management agreement.

At 209,400 upper Columbia chinook, the lower river sport fishery should have 1,319 left for harvest and the Gorge should have 496. But anglers in the Snake River exceeded their share by 1,250 chinook, which gets subtracted from the other sport allocations.

The bottom line is 565 upper Columbia chinook remain at a forecast of 209,400. The biologists will meet Monday to review Bonneville Dam counts and adjust the forecast.

The commercial fleet has 404 chinook remaining on their lower Columbia allocation.

Chinook retention will resume no later than June 16 in any case. June 16 starts the summer chinook management period. Sport fishing for summer chinook downstream of Bonneville Dam is scheduled to be open daily through July 1.

Retention of hatchery steelhead, hatchery jack chinook and any sockeye is open downstream of Interstate 5.

Elsewhere, walleye fishing is good again in The Dalles pool, sturgeon fishing continues mediocre in the Columbia estuary and Merwin Reservoir's hit-and-miss kokanee fishery is sputtering again.

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

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 125 boaters with 21 legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 126 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Estuary, 66 boaters with 19 adult chinook and four steelhead kept, one chinook and two steelhead released; 16 bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Chinook to Knappton, six bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept. (WDFW)

Knappton to Deep River, 21 boaters with five legal sturgeon kept and 15 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Clatsop Spit to Puget Island, 134 boaters with 19 spring chinook, two steelhead and one sockeye kept plus five spring chinook and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, nine boaters with one steelhead; 49 bank rods with two spring chinook and six steelhead kept plus one chinook and one steelhead; 31 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 93 bank rods with five steelhead; two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 264 boaters with 11 adult spring chinook, three jack chinook and two steelhead kept plus four adult chinook and one jack chinook released; 23 boaters with 245 shad kept; 666 Oregon bank rods with 17 adult chinook, two jack chinook and 25 steelhead kept plus eight spring chinook and five steelhead released; nine Oregon bank rods with 24 shad kept and two released; 13 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus 16 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Kalama, seven boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 41 bank rods with one spring chinook kept and one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Woodland, seven boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 94 bank rods with two steelhead kept and one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 16 boaters with no salmon or steelhed; 21 bank rods with two spring chinook; three bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, two bank rods with one oversize sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 262 boaters with 13 spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus nine spring chinook released; four boaters with seven shad kept; 17 boaters with 31 sublegal sturgeon released; seven boaters with no walleye. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, seven bank rods with 54 shad kept. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 18 boaters with one spring chinook and four released; six boaters with 120 shad kept; 101 Oregon bank rods with nine spring chinook kept and two released; 172 Oregon bank rods with 893 shad kept. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), five boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, one oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

North Bonneville, 175 bank rods with 605 shad kept and 10 released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 16 boaters with 43 walleye kept and five released; two bank rods with five bass released; one boater with 40 bass released; six boaters with one oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released; 40 bank rods with one oversize and 32 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Cowlitz — Thirty-four boaters with 11 steelhead and five spring chinook kept; 129 bank rods with 22 adult spring chinook, six jacks and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Kalama — Thirty-six bank rods with two steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — Five boaters and seven bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)

North Fork Lewis — Twelve boaters with five spring chinook; five bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 534 boaters with 91 adult spring chinook and three jacks kept, plus 10 adult chinook, 11 sturgeon and two steelhead released.

In gorge and at the coffer dam, 15 bank rods with no salmon. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Thirteen bank rods with no catch; 207 boaters with 44 spring chinook kept and two released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Seventy-four bank rods with 17 adult spring chinook, four jacks and three steelhead kept plus three adult chinook and two jacks released. (WDFW)

Merwin Reservoir — Two boaters with two kokanee and one landlocked chinook.

Yale Reservoir — Two boaters with six kokanee, two rainbow trout and one landlocked coho released. The kokanee were small, ranging from 6 to 9 inches. The trout were 11 to 12 inches.

Lacamas Lake — Nine anglers with one rainbow trout and nine carp. (WDFW)

Kidney Lake — Four anglers with two trout. (WDFW)

Horsethief Lake — Thirteen rods with 10 rainbow trout. (WDFW)

Lower Willamette — Seventy-nine boats with 16 spring chinook kept and one released. (ODFW)