Fishing report 5/16

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Fishing for hatchery steelhead, hatchery chinook jacks and shad opened today in the Columbia River between the Interstate 5 Bridge and Tongue Point.

Shad fishing also is open upstream of I-5, but not for hatchery steelhead or hatchery chinook jacks.

Washington and Oregon will meet at 4 p.m. Monday to consider reopening the lower Columbia River for retention of adult spring chinook. It is likely retention will resume sometime between May 22 and 25.

Sturgeon fishing in the lower Columbia has improved significantly as a big chunk of the population migrates from the Willamette River to the estuary.

Sturgeon fishing in the estuary is off to its typical slow start.

The states also set June 14-15 and June 21-22 as sturgeon retention days in the Bonneville pool of the Columbia River Gorge.

Kokanee fishing is improving slowly at Merwin Reservoir, with the best bite early in the morning and fish hard to come by after about 9 a.m. The kokanee seem to almost on the surface in the early morning, then 20 feet or so in the afternoon. The fish are a nice size this year, with many 13.5 to 15 inches.

Kokanee have started to bite in Yale Reservoir but the fish are a smaller size than Merwin.

Anglers and Wind River and Drano Lake are catching a lot of jack chinook. Jacks were about 40 percent of the catch at Wind River and 30 percent at Drano Lake last week.

Walleye and bass fishing were good in The Dalles pool and bass fishing was good in John Day pool. The Columbia is 57 degrees at Bonneville Dam, about 3 degrees warmer than normal for the date.

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

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 51 boaters with five legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, one oversize and 55 sublegals released; 12 charter boat anglers with no sturgeon. (ODFW)

Knappton-Deep River, six boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and three sublegals released. (WDFW)

Chinook to Knappton, three bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Longview, four boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Scappoose to Portland, 120 boaters with 40 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, two oversize and 382 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Woodland 18 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 11 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, nine boaters with two legal sturgeon kept and 21 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 13 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus 22 sublegals released. (ODFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, two bank rods with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, four bank rods with one legal sturgeon kept and four sublegals released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 11 boaters with 22 walleye kept; two bank rods with no walleye; 11 boaters with 154 bass released; three bank rods with no bass; 10 bank rods with five sublegal sturgeon released; 23 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept ply one oversize and 43 sublegals released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 22 boaters with six walleye kept and two released; one bank rod with no walleye; 27 boaters with 33 bass kept and 154 released; 49 bank rods with 33 bass kept and five released; eight bank rods with no sturgeon; 21 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 15 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Forty-nine boaters with five spring chinook kept; 123 bank rods with five adult spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Eleven bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Lewis — Three boaters with no steelhead; two bank rods with one steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Washougal — Nine boaters with one steehead kept and one released; 36 bank rods with one steelhead released. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 456 boaters with 54 adult spring chinook and 30 jacks kept plus eight jacks released. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Twenty-eight bank rods with one spring chinook kept; 235 boaters with 38 adult spring chinook and 15 jacks kept plus one adult and one jack chinook released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Forty-five bank rods with 15 adult chinook, four jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus one steelhead released. (WDFW)