Fishing report 6/27

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Summer chinook angling comes to a close beginning Monday and the emphasis shifts to summer steelhead for the next five weeks or so until fall chinook start building.

State biologists said on Wednesday the summer chinook and sockeye runs appear to be tracking less than forecast based on Bonneville Dam counts and the sport catch rate.

The chinook run was initially predicted to be 73,500 and 180,350 sockeye.

Kokanee fishing remains good in Yale Reservoir.

Walleye are beginning to be caught in the Troutdale area and fishing will get better when flow in the Columbia River drops. A good catch of walleye also was reported between Vancouver and the Lewis River.

Shad counts at Bonneville Dam and catch rates in the river are dropping.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, 16 bank rods with six steelhead kept and two released; 14 boaters with five summer chinook, one jack chinook and three steelhead kept plus seven summer chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Fort Canby, Ilwaco boat ramps, 35 charter anglers with 71 legal, 15 oversize and 39 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Chinook, 10 boaters with one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Knappton, Deep River boat ramps, four boaters with three sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Westport, 25 boaters with three summer chinook and four steelhead kept plus one summer chinook and one steelhead released; seven Oregon bank rods with three steelhead kept. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, 16 boaters with one adult summer chinook and one steelhead kept plus one steelhead released; 67 bank rods with three summer chinook, 10 sockeye and seven steelhead kept plus two chinook and three steelhead released. (WDFW)

Longview, 136 boaters with seven adult summer chinook, one jack chinook, two sockeye and 20 steelhead kept plus three steelhead, three summer chinook and one jack released; 109 bank rods with three steelhead kept plus four jack chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama, 210 boaters with 18 adult summer chinook, one jack chinook and two sockeye kept plus eight summer chinook and one steelhead released; 173 bank rods with eight summer chinook and two sockeye kept plus seven adult chinook and one jack released; six boaters with no shad. (WDFW)

Woodland, 244 bank rods with nine adult summer chinook, one jack, two sockeye and one steelhead kept plus three adult chinook, three jacks and one sockeye released; 238 boaters with 15 adult summer chinook, one jack and one steelhead kept plus 19 chinook released; 11 boaters with five gal sturgeon and 42 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 116 boaters with nine adult summer chinook and two jacks kept plus five adult chinook released; 202 bank rods with 15 adult chinook, one jack, one sockeye and one steelhead kept plus four summer chinook released; four boaters with 12 walleye kept and one released. (WDFW)

Westport to Portland, 150 boaters with 22 summer chinook adults, four jack chinook, 12 steelhead and five sockeye kept plus 19 summer chinook and one jack chinook released; 140 Oregon bank rods with two adult summer chinook, one jack chinook, two steelhead and five sockeye kept plus four adult chinook released. (ODFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, eight boaters and four bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 142 boaters with 11 adult summer chinook and two jacks kept plus six adult chinook and one jack released; eight boaters with seven walleye kept. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 79 boaters with four summer chinook kept and one released; 59 bank rods with two adult chinook and two sockeye kept plus one adult chinook and two jacks released; four boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; four boaters with no shad. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 316 bank rods with 29 adult summer chinook and five jacks kept plus 31 adult chinook and one jack released; 10 boaters with three adult chinook kept and one released; 494 bank rods with 910 shad kept and nine released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 40 boaters with one summer chinook kept and one released; two boaters with five shad kept; 30 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; 35 bank rods with 35 shad. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — Bonneville pool, 11 rods with one sockeye kept; five rods with four shad; two boaters with one summer chinook kept; three boaters with 11 bass released; 253 boaters on Friday with 46 legal sturgeon kept plus 13 legal, seven oversize and 542 sublegals released; 67 bank rods with three legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 59 sublegals released. (WDFW)

The Dalles pool, 34 bank rods with no salmon or steelhead; nine bank rods with one oversize and four sublegal sturgeon released; 13 boaters with 15 walleye kept and four released. (ODFW)

John Day pool, 27 bank rods with one summer chinook kept and one released; 10 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; 16 bank rods with one oversize and one sublegal sturgeon released; 87 boaters with 18 legal sturgeon kept plus three legal, nine oversize and 32 sublegals released; 67 boaters with 11 walleye released; two Oregon bank rods with no walleye; seven boaters with 12 bass kept and 68 released. (ODFW)

Sturgeon retention is closed beginning Saturday in the John Day pool as the catch guideline is near reached.

Cowlitz — Fifty-seven bank rods with one steelhead kept plus three adult and one jack chinook released; 21 boaters with seven hatchery steelhead kept and one spring chinook released. (WDFW)

Lewis — Four boaters with no catch. (WDFW)