Outdoors blog: Sunday's spring chinook test fishing results in lower Columbia

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Test tangle-net fishing was conducted Sunday in the Pacific and Wahkiakum county portions of the lower Columbia River.

Washington and Oregon report 11 drifts caught 32 adult chinook and seven steelhead, an average of 2.9 chinook per drift, down from 3.7 per drift a week ago.

Twenty of the chinook were headed for lower Columbia tributaries, 11 for waters upstream of Bonneville Dam and one was not catergorized. Four of the seven steelhead were wild.

Meanwhile, the biggest counts of the year are occuring at Bonneville Dam. Adult chinook numbers were 5,346 on Friday, 4,551 on Saturday and 4,181 on Sunday.

The cumulative count is 24,283 at Bonneville. The cumulative count through April 28 a year ago was 20,749.