Spring chinook fishing in the lower Columbia River will be closed beginning Saturday and prospects for shifting to the lower Willamette or Multnomah Channel are uncertain.
Water clarity in the lower Willamette was well in excess of 4 feet on Sunday at the Morrison Bridge in Portland, but had dropped to less than 3 feet on Wednesday. If the Willamette gets much muddier, angling success is likely to go down.
Last week, Oregon estimates 1,990 trips in the lower Willamette with a catch of 127 spring chinook kept and 21 released. That's a fish handled per 13.4 rods.
The count at Bonneville Dam was 145 spring chinook on Monday and 177 on Tuesday, making the cumulative count 1,041 for 2013. That compares to 113 through April 9 last year and a 10-year average for the date of 5,755.
It's too early to get excited about fishing at Wind River or Drano Lake, although some chinook were caught at Drano last weekend.
Battle Ground Lake was planted with almost 10,000 rainbow trout last week. Kress Lake was stocked with 3,315 rainbow trout while 1,450 rainbow went in Lacamas Lake.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Lower Columbia — Estuary, 356 boaters with 127 spring chinook kept plus 18 adult chinook and one jack released; five bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)
Cathlamet, 34 boaters with five spring chinook kept and two released; 31 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead. (WDFW)
Longview, 293 boaters with 16 spring chinook kept and three released; 60 bank rods with one steelhead kept; two boaters and two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)
Cowlitz River mouth, 22 boaters with two spring chinook kept. (WDFW)
Kalama, 408 boaters with 57 adult spring chinook and one jack kept plus 17 adult chinook released; 21 bank rods with one steelhead released; seven boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)
Woodland, 541 boaters with 107 adult spring chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus 15 adult chinook released; 94 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)
Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 309 boaters with 27 spring chinook kept plus seven released; 139 bank rods with three spring chinook kept and two released; six boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus 20 sublegals released. (WDFW)
Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 526 boaters with 30 spring chinook kept and 14 released; two bank rods with no catch; five boaters with one legal, one oversize and 60 sublegal sturgeon released; two bankrolls with two sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)
Camas-Washougal, 182 boaters with eight spring chinook kept and one released; 13 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)
North Bonneville, eight boaters with no catch; 181 bank rods with 14 spring chinook and one steelhead kept and four chinook released; six bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)
Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, six boaters with three sublegal sturgeon released; 18 bank rods with one oversize and two sublegal sturgeon released; 33 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead, 25 boaters with five walleye kept and one released. (WDFW)
John Day pool, 40 bank rods with three legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and three sublegals released; 85 boaters with five legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 29 sublegals released; nine bank rods and two boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 53 boaters with 12 walleye kept and 14 released; seven boaters with six bass kept and 26 released. (WDFW)
Cowlitz — Forty boaters with three spring chinook and three steelhead kept plus one chinook released; 100 bank rods with one spring chinook and three steelhead released. The Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery had 561 winter steelhead and seven spring chinook return last week. (WDFW)
Kalama — Six bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)
Wind — About one boat a day has been sighted fishing. (WDFW)
Drano Lake — Six boaters with two spring chinook kept; four bank rods with one spring chinook kept. (WDFW)
Klickitat — One bank rod with no catch. (WDFW)