Fishing report 7/11

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Kokanee fishing remains good at Yale Reservoir, trout have been stocked at Takhlakh Lake at Mount Adams and sockeye are fair game again in the lower Columbia River beginning on Saturday.

At Ilwaco, ocean salmon anglers are averaging about a fish per rod, with two-thirds of the catch being coho. The coho average 4 to 6 pounds, while the chinook are 12 to 15 pounds.

Washington and Oregon on Wednesday approved retention of sockeye through July 31. Although chinook retention is closed until Aug. 1, the river is open for hatchery-origin steelhead.

Biologist John North of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife estimated 200 to 300 sockeye might be caught by anglers targeting on summer steelhead. About 90 percent of the projected sockeye run has crossed Bonneville Dam.

Sockeye count as part of the two-adult-fish daily limit.

The gillnetters will fish from 9 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday from Beacon Rock to the coast with 8-inch-minimum mesh.

Biologist Robin Ehlke of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife said 179 summer chinook remain on the commercial allocation of 1,892. The fleet is expected to catch about 175 chinook and fewer than 35 sockeye on Monday night.

Horseshoe Lake in Woodland has been stocked with 1,000 catchable-size brown trout.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, 28 bank rods with three steelhead kept; six boaters with four steelhead kept and four released. (WDFW)

Westport to Portland, 113 boaters with three steelhead kept plus two summer chinook and one steelhead released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, 37 boaters with four steelhead kept and two released; 102 bank rods with 10 steelhead kept plus three steelhead and one adult summer chinook released. (WDFW)

Longview, 257 bank rods with 10 steelhead kept and 12 released; 108 boaters with 20 steelhead and one jack chinook kept plus three steelhead and one sockeye released; two boaters with five sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 40 boaters with one sockeye and one summer chinook released; 125 bank rods with two steelhead kept plus two adult summer chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Woodland, 98 bank rods with seven steelhead kept plus two steelhead, two adult summer chinook, one jack chinook and one sockeye released; 61 boaters with two steelhead kept plus four steelhead, two adult summer chinook and two jack chinook released; five boaters with one legal and seven sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 82 bank rods with three steelhead kept plus five steelhead and three adult summer chinook released; 47 boaters with one steelhead kept plus four steelhead and three adult summer chinook released; one boater with one walleye kept. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, eight boaters with one steelhead and one adult summer chinook released; 36 bank rods with six steelhead and one sockeye released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 18 boaters with two adult summer chinook released; four boaters with one legal and four sublegal sturgeon released; eight boaters with one walleye. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 17 bank rods with one steelhead kept plus two steelhead and three adult summer chinook released; three boaters with no catch; three boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, four boaters with two steelhead and one jack chinook kept plus four steelhead released; 44 bank rods with five steelhead and four adult summer chinook released. (WDFW)

Coumbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 14 boaters with one steelhead kept; three boaters with no shad. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 21 boaters with six oversize and 94 sublegal sturgeon released; two bank rods with three sublegal sturgeon released; 31 bank rods with one summer chinook released; 20 boaters with 31 walleye kept and 19 released; 10 boaters with one bass kept and 66 released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Twenty-two boaters with six steelhead kept; 20 bank rods with three spring chinook kept. All the fish were sampled between the hatcheries. (WDFW)

Washougal — Six bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Yale Reservoir — Two boaters with 31 kokanee.

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