Fishing report 2/21

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



The first spring chinook of the season has been counted at Bonneville Dam. The adult salmon was tallied on Feb. 13.

A spring chinook also was observed caught off Vancouver on Monday. A flight on Saturday tallied 49 boats and 138 bank rods prospecting for spring salmon.

The Columbia measures 40 degrees at Bonneville Dam. Streamflow has been a moderate 150,000 cubic feet per second.

Approximately 1,500 chunky rainbow trout were stocked Tuesday at Klineline Pond.

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

Lower Columbia — Longview to Portland, 124 Oregon bank rods with two steelhead kept and two released; 39 boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Portland, 36 boaters with no spring chinook or steelhead. (ODFW)

Vancouver, three bank rods with no spring chinook; four boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, eight boaters and one bank rod with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

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

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), five boaters with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 55 bank rods with two oversize and eight sublegal sturgeon released; 10 boaters with one legal and seven sublegal sturgeon; six bank rods with two hatchery steelhead kept; three boaters with one hatchery steelhead kept and two wild fish released; three bank rods with five walleye kept; seven boaters with four walleye kept. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 26 bank rods with no sturgeon; 84 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and six sublegals released; eight boaters with one hatchery steelhead kept and three wild steelhead released; four bank rods with no steelhead; 41 boaters with 10 walleye kept and five released; two boaters with no bass. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Twenty-seven boaters with five hatchery steelhead kept; 20 bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Washougal — Seventy-five bank rods with two wild steelhead released; 39 bank rods with one hatchery and six wild steelhead released. (WDFW)

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