Outdoors blog: Spring chinook catch at 7 percent of allocation through Sunday

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter



Anglers had caught just 7 percent of their anticipated spring chinook catch from the lower Columbia River through Sunday.

Fishing in the lower river is scheduled to continue through April 5, with closures on Tuesday (March 26) and April 2 to allow for gillnetting.

The kept catch is expected to be 6,100 adult spring chinook from 63,500 trips.

Through March 17, an estimated 424 spring chinook were kept from nearly 21,000 angler trips.

Catch rates are tracking less than expected, although the river is low and clear, which are good conditions.

There are lots of sea lions and seals in the river. The smelt run in the lower Columbia and Cowlitz river this year is considered impressive.

Since the listing of smelt under the federal Endangered Species Act, the states no longer have real-time commercial or sport dipping data to use to monitor the run.