Fishing report 4/4

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Spring chinook fishermen are getting six more days on the lower Columbia River.

Washington and Oregon agreed on Wednesday to extend the season downstream of Bonneville Dam through April 12, except closed Tuesday to accommodate the gillnetters.

If the bite explodes, fishing could close before April 12, but that is unlikely.

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There was a good catch on Wednesday at Cathlamet and a somewhat improved catch on Wednesday at several other boat ramps. With the low, clear river, catches from the shore this spring have been very poor.

Fishing has been better in the lower Willamette than in the lower Columbia. Oregon sampling last week tallied 4,075 anglers trips with a kept catch of 255 chinook and 44 released.

Several local lakes were stocked with trout in late March. Lacamas Lake received 4,950 browns, Klineline Pond got 3,380 rainbows, Horseshoe Lake got 3,500 rainbow and Silver Lake near Toutle got 3,900 rainbow.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, 148 boaters with 15 adult spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus one spring chinook released. (WDFW)

Cathlamet, 93 boaters with two spring chinook kept and one released; 26 bank rods with two spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Longview, 434 boaters with eight spring chinook and three steelhead kept plus three adult chinook and two jacks released; 108 bank rods with one spring chinook and two steelhead released; 10 boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, 48 boaters with two spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Kalama, 47 bank rods with no catch; 357 boaters with eight spring chinook kept and three released; 11 boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, 327 boaters with 26 spring chinook kept and seven released; 79 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; 13 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus two legal, one oversize and 16 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 322 boaters with 10 spring chinook kept and three released; 112 bank rods with three spring chinook kept; 13 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus eight sublegals released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 426 boaters with 16 adult spring chinook and one jack kept plus one adult released; two boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and four sublegals released; one boater with no walleye. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, 76 boaters with one spring chinook released; two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 192 bank rods with 10 adult chinook kept and four released; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 40 boaters with 23 walleye kept; three bank rods with no walleye; two bank rods with no bass; 14 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; 13 bank rods with no sturgeon; 42 bank rods with one legal, three oversize and 81 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 23 boaters with 14 bass kept and 52 released; 77 boaters with 16 walleye kept and five released; 15 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; 40 bank rods with 10 sublegal sturgeon released and 106 boaters with eight legal sturgeon kept plus one legal and 74 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Forty-five boaters with spring chinook and 17 steelhead kept; 46 bank rods with one steelhead kept and one released. Two spring chinook and 382 winter steelhead returned to the salmon hatchery in five days last week. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Fishing is open from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge (about three miles) on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Anglers can keep two hatchery chinook, two hatchery steelhead or one of each daily.