Fishing report 6/6

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Goose Lake in the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest has been stocked with more than 4,600 trout.

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife planted 1,500 cutthroat trout averaging about a half-pound, 417 cutthroat averaging 1.5 pounds and 2,700 brown trout averaging about two-thirds of a pound.

Free Fishing Weekend

Prospective anglers can test Washington's waters without a license this weekend, the annual Free Fishing Weekend.

No license will be required to fish in any open water, although other rules such as season closures, size limits and bag limits remain in effect.

Anglers also must complete a catch-record card for any salmon, steelhead, sturgeon or halibut they catch on Saturday or Sunday. Catch-record cards are are available free at hundreds of sporting goods stores and license dealers in Washington.

The lake is open via the Trout Lake and Willard routes, but not from Carson across Red Mountain, according to the Forest Service.

Battle Ground Lake has been stocked with 1,800 rainbow trout and Horsethief Lake near Dallesport got 3,400 chunky rainbows.

Spring-summer chinook fishing remains slow in the lower Columbia, but catch shad catches have skyrocketed. The shad count at Bonneville Dam was more than 94,000 on Monday and 128,000 on Tuesday.

Between the Columbia chinook reopener on May 25 and Sunday, there were 14,055 trips with 638 chinook kept, 397 chinook released, 547 steelhead kept and 45 steelhead released. Boat fishermen are doing much better than their bank counterparts for chinook.

Sturgeon fishing remains slow in the estuary.

Walleye and bass fishing also have been quite good in the Columbia Gorge. Kokanee fishing is mediocre to slow at Merwin Reservoir.

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

Lower Columbia — Ilwaco-Fort Canby ramps, 38 private boaters with one legal sturgeon kept; 181 charter anglers with 34 legal sturgeon kept plus 23 oversize and 68 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Chinook, 22 private boaters with one oversize and five sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 132 boaters with 32 legal sturgeon kept plus five legal, three oversize and 69 sublegal sturgeon released; eight charter boat anglers with five legal sturgeon kept plus six sublegals released. (ODFW)

Estuary, three boaters with one spring chinook and one summer steelhead kept; six bank rods with one steelhead kept; one boater with one legal sturgeon kept and four sublegals released. (WDFW)

Chinook to Knappton, one bank rod with one legal sturgeon kept and four sublegals released. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Westport, 24 boaters with three chinook kept; 21 Oregon bank rods with no catch. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, two boaters with one steelhead kept; 24 bank rods with two steelhead kept and one adult chinook released; two boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and three sublegals released. (WDFW)

Westport to Portland, 48 boaters with three chinook adults and three jack chinook kept plus one adult chinook released; nine boaters with 52 shad kept; 236 Oregon bank rods with two adult chinook and eight steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and one jack chinook released. (ODFW)

Longview, 56 boaters with six adult chinook and 14 steelhead kept plus four steelhead and one chinook released; 66 bank rods with two steelhead kept and two chinook released; 10 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept and 16 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, three boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 87 boaters with 10 legal sturgeon kept plus five legal, three oversize and 99 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Kalama, 16 boaters with one jack chinook released; 55 bank rods with one adult chinook released; 11 boaters with five legal sturgeon kept and eight sublegals released; 15 boaters with six shad. (WDFW)

Woodland, seven boaters with one adult chinook released; 28 bank rods with one steelhead kept and two jack chinook released; two boaters with no shad. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 27 boaters with two adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released; 26 bank rods with one adult chinook and one steelhead kept plus two adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 45 boaters with two adult chinook and one jack chinook kept plus five adult chinook released; 36 boaters with 113 shad kept and 11 released; 14 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept and 29 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 12 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 19 bank rods with one jack chinook released; one bank rod with no sturgeon; 11 boaters with 40 shad kept and 30 released; 30 bank rods with 119 shad kept and eight released. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 77 bank rods with 11 adult chinook and five jack chinook kept and seven chinook released; 323 bank rods with 3,289 shad kept and five released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 14 boaters with two adult chinook kept and one released; 77 boaters with 962 shad kept. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), 26 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 22 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, seven bank rods with five sublegal sturgeon released; two boaters with 12 sublegal sturgeon released; 15 boaters with 12 walleye kept; five boaters with 16 bass kept and 25 released; four bank rods with 14 bass released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 41 boaters with 23 walleye kept and four released; 40 boaters with 65 bass kept and 130 released; 11 bank rods with four bass kept and two released; 21 bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released; 64 boaters with nine legal sturgeon kept plus two legal, 14 oversize and 44 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Thirty bank rods with one jack chinook kept; nine boat rods with one adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Kalama — Two bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Washougal — Twenty-six bank rods with one steelhead kept; 26 bank rods with six steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, four boaters with no spring chinook. At the coffer dam, four bank rods with one adult and one jack chinook kept. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Five boaters with no spring chinook. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Nine boaters with one spring chinook; 30 bank rods with 11 adult spring chinook and two jack chinook kept plus one adult spring chinook and one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Merwin Reservoir — Two boaters with six kokanee and one chinook.