Fishing report 5/23

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter



Canyon Creek and the Little White Salmon River open for fishing on Saturday. Canyon Creek is being stocked with 5,500 rainbow trout, while the Little White Salmon gets 3,000 trout.

Sturgeon fishing has improved significantly in the middle section of the lower Columbia as fish from the Willamette River migrate to the estuary.

Spring chinook fishing reopens Saturday

Spring chinook angling in the lower Columbia River reopens Saturday.

The rules are the same as the early portion of the season: Boat fishing is allowed upstream to Beacon Rock with bank fishing permitted upstream to Bonneville Dam.

The bag limit is two hatchery salmon or hatchery steelhead, but only one chinook. Sockeye must be released, but will become fair game beginning June 16.

State biologists predict a catch of about 40 adult chinook per day in May and 65 per day from June 1-15. Fishing is expected to continue uninterrupted and segue into the summer chinook season on June 16.

Walleye and smallmouth bass fishing has been quite good in The Dalles and John Day pools.

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

Lower Columbia — Buoy 10 to Puget Island, 185 boaters with 21 legal sturgeon kept plus one legal, eight oversize and 180 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Knappton, Deep River, five boaters with no sturgeon. (WDFW)

Westport to Portland, 13 boaters with no steelhead; 13 boaters with 35 shad kept and 28 released; 134 Oregon bank rods with three jack chinook and 14 steelhead kept plus three adult spring chinook released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, six boaters with two legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and four sublegals released; 59 bank rods with six steelhead kept and one released; three boaters with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Longview, 12 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and four sublegals released; seven boaters with no sturgeon; 155 bank rods with one steelhead kept plus one adult chinook and three steelhead released; four boaters with five shad kept; two bank rods with no shad. (WDFW)

Longview to Portland, 132 boaters with 35 legal sturgeon kept plus 24 legal, and 247 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Woodland, 17 bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, seven boaters with four sublegal sturgeon released; five boaters with one chinook jack released; 55 bank rods with two chinook jacks kept plus two adult and two jack chinook released; six boaters with five shad kept. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, five boaters with three legal sturgeon kept plus one oversize and 20 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Camas-Washougal, four boaters with 10 sublegals released; nine bank rods with no sturgeon; 23 bank rods with 65 shad kept. (WDFW)

North Bonneville, two boaters with one sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Marker 82), 13 boaters with 19 sublegal sturgeon released. (ODFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 10 boaters with 80 shad kept; 47 Oregon bank rods with 308 shad kept. (ODFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, seven boaters with 12 walleye kept; four boaters with 27 bass released; three bank rods with three bass kept; 12 boaters with two oversize and 44 sublegal sturgeon released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 23 boaters with 40 walleye kept and three released; seven boaters with one bass kept and six released; 34 bank rods with 23 bass kept and 13 released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Fourteen boaters with two adult spring chinook kept; 167 bank rods with eight adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Washougal — Three boaters with no steelhead; 47 bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Wind — At the mouth, 87 boaters with four adult and eight jack spring chinook kept plus five jack chinook released; four bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Three bank rods with no spring chinook; 232 boaters with 29 adult and 17 jack chinook kept plus two adult chinook released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Sixty-five bank rods with 19 adult spring chinook, five jack chinook and three steelhead kept plus five jack chinook released. (WDFW)