Fishing report 4/25

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Spring chinook are getting caught at the mouth of Wind River, Drano Lake and in the lower Willamette River.

The catch averages at Wind and Drano are not good, but no worse than what the lower Columbia was producing before it closed earlier this month. The count at Bonneville Dam topped 1,000 for a day for the first time on Tuesday.

In the lower Willamette, Oregon estimates last week’s numbers were 6,192 trips with 912 spring chinook kept and 167 released. That’s much better than the lower Columbia catch rate. The number of Willamette angler trips is the highest since 2001, due likely to the good river conditions most of the spring.

Seven local lakes have been stocked with trout in the past 10 days. The lakes and the number of fish are: Klineline Pond, 11,000 rainbow trout along with 290 3-pound rainbow and 75 10-pound rainbow; Lacamas Lake, 2,500 rainbow and 4,000 brown trout; Icehouse Lake, 950 rainbow; Little Ash Lake, 950 rainbow; Tunnel Lake, 1,900 rainbow; Horseshoe Lake, 2,800 rainbow and Kress Lake, 2,800 rainbow.

Kokanee fishing has been poor at Merwin Reservoir.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview, two boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 172 boaters with 20 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, five oversize and 267 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Portland, five bank rods with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Troutdale, eight boaters with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

North Bonneville, two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 13 boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; four Oregon bank rods with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

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

The Dalles pool, two boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 95 bank rods with seven spring chinook kept and two released; eight boaters with two walleye kept; nine boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and 17 sublegals released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, four boaters with no spring chinook or steelhead; 43 bank rods with two spring chinook kept and two released; 14 boaters with two walleye kept; 15 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and six sublegals released; 28 bank rods with seven sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Fifty-one boaters with seven steelhead and two adult spring chinook kept; 295 bank rods with 16 adult spring chinook and four steelhead kept plus one steelhead and one chinook released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Six bank rods with one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Three bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Washougal — Twenty boaters with two steelhead and one cutthroat trout released; 49 bank rods with two steelhead kept and four released. (WDFW)

Wind — Fifty boaters with five spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Twenty-two bank rods with no catch; 133 boaters with 12 adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Three bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Merwin Reservoir — Three boaters with one kokanee and five northern pikeminnow.

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