Fishing report 3/7

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Spring chinook fishing isn’t fast enough to get all zealous about, but at least a few salmon are being caught in the lower Columbia River.

During the first three days of March, 760 anglers were sampled by Washington with 17 spring chinook. Thirteen were kept and 10 of those were destined for upstream of Bonneville Dam.

Test commercial fishing began Sunday for spring chinook.

Four commercial boats tested between Astoria and Longview. They made 16 drifts and caught two chinook and four steelhead. Both of the chinook were lower Columbia salmon, one was hatchery and one was wild. Two of the steelhead were wild and two were hatchery.

The water temperature at Bonneville Dam is 42 degrees, while the streamflow has been a low 130,000 cubic feet per second. Those are conducive conditions for catching spring chinook once more salmon move up the Columbia.

Almost 300 boats were counted fishing on Saturday’s flight by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

It appears there have been smelt in the lower Columbia, downstream of Wauna, based on the observations of birds, seals and sea lions. Harvest of smelt is closed statewide.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, 21 boaters with one spring chinook released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, seven bank rods with one spring chinook and one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Longview, 35 boaters with one steelhead kept; 29 bank rods with one steelhead kept; two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 53 boaters with one spring chinook kept; 193 Oregon bank rods with one spring chinook and two steelhead kept plus one spring chinook and one steelhead released; nine boaters with 21 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Kalama, 45 boaters with two spring chinook and one steelhead kept; 13 bank rods with no catch; 16 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 10 sublegal sturgeon released; three bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Woodland, 74 boaters with two spring chinook released; 54 bank rods with three steelhead released; five boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and one sublegal released; three bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 199 boaters with three spring chinook kept and one released; 58 bank rods with one steelhead released; five boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 195 boaters with eight spring chinook kept; four bank rods with no catch; five boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, 24 boaters with no catch; two boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, nine bank rods with no catch; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 37 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus 47 sublegals released; 27 bank rods with two sublegal sturgeon released; six boaters with one steelhead kept and three wild steelhead released; 19 boaters with nine walleye kept and one released; three bank rods with no walleye. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 56 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept and five sublegals released; 48 bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept; four boaters with one wild steelhead released; 58 boaters with five walleye kept and eight released; two boaters with no bass.

Washougal — Thirty-eight bank rods with four wild steelhead released; 13 boaters with two hatchery steelhead and one wild fish released.

Streamflow on Wednesday was a low 1,100 cubic feet per second.

Cowlitz — Four boaters with one steelhead kept; 15 bank rods with no catch. Thirty-seven winter steelhead were recovered during five days of operation of the salmon hatchery separator.

Streamflows are a low 5,390 cubic feet per second.