Fishing report 3/21

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Spring chinook fishing is off to its typical slow start, but not unlike other years.

Last week, there were 8,588 angler trips in the lower Columbia with 244 spring chinook kept and 58 released. That's an average of a fish per 28 trips. As slow as that seems, it is similar to last year.

Monday's count at Bonneville was seven adult spring chinook, bringing the cumulative tally to 87. That compares to 24 through the same date a year ago.

Streamflow at Bonneville Dam remains a low 138,000 cubic feet per second, although up a bit from recent days. The temperature is 43 degrees. Low, clear water conditions normally are conducive to a good bite.

Total spring chinook catch through Sunday in the lower Columbia is 424 fish.

Nine spring chinook have been counted at Willamette Falls. Oregon estimates 2,230 angler trips last week in the lower Willamette with a catch of 86 spring chinook kept and seven released. That a fish per 23 trips.

The lower Columbia will be closed to sport fishing on Tuesday to prevent conflicts in case a day of commercial fishing is adopted,

The first spring chinook of the year returned to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery last week.

Walleye fishing continues to build slowly in The Dalles and John Day pools.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, 123 boaters with 13 spring chinook kept and two released; three bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Wauna power lines, 20 boaters with one spring chinook kept. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, 36 boaters with two adult spring chinook kept; 37 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Longview, 391 boaters with six adult spring chinook and three steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and one jack chinook released; 76 bank rods with one steelhead kept; eight boaters and four bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Westport to Portland, 329 boaters with 10 spring chinook kept and two released; 91 Oregon bank rods with one steelhead kept and one spring chinook released; nine boaters with one legal sturgeon kept. (ODFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, six boaters with two adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Kalama, 318 boaters with six spring chinook kept and one steelhead kept plus two released; 42 bank rods with no catch; 11 boaters with no sturgeon; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)

Woodland, 162 boaters with six spring chinook kept and two released; 77 bank rods with no catch; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 293 boaters with 11 spring chinook kept and four released; 107 bank rods with one spring chinook kept; four boaters with no sturgeon; two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 550 boaters with 21 spring chinook kept and two released; seven bank rods with no catch; one boater with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 124 boaters with no salmon or steelhead; nine boaters with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 79 boaters with one spring chinook kept; three bank rods with no catch; four boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Corbett to Beacon Rock, two boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, 36 bank rods with no catch; five bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 32 boaters with nine walleye kept; one bank rod with one walleye kept; 30 boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus two oversize and 93 sublegals released; four bank rods with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 60 boaters with eight walleye kept and six released; four boaters with one bass kept and six released; 56 boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 11 sublegals released; 27 bank rods with two oversize sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Forty-nine boaters with 10 steelhead kept and two released; 37 bank rods with one steelhead kept and three released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Three bank rods with no steelhead. Spring chinook is closed. (WDFW)

Washougal — Thirteen boaters with three hatchery steelhead kept plus two hatchery and seven wild steelhead released; 53 bank rods with two hatchery steelhead kept and three wild fish released. The entire river is closed. Angling reopens April 16 with no bait downstream of the Mount Norway Bridge. (WDFW)

East Fork Lewis — The entire river is closed. Angling reopens April 16 with no bait allowed downstream of the Lewisville Park boat ramp.

Drano Lake — Only one boat was observed on Saturday's opener.