Fishing report 4/24

By Allen Thomas, Columbian outdoors reporter

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Spring chinook angling should improve at Wind River and Drano Lake as the count at Bonneville Dam keeps climbing.

Both Columbia Gorge locations produced catches last week, but normally the final week of April and first week of May is the best fishing period.

The lower Columbia is now closed for salmon and steelhead fishing until some time in late May or June.

Large numbers of rainbow trout were stocked last week in seven waters jn Southwest Washington.

In Clark County, Lacamas Lake got 4,400 rainbow and Klineline Pond got about 3,400. In Skamania County, Little Ash Lake received 1,000 rainbow, Tunnel Lake got 2,000 and Icehouse Lake was stocked with about 1,200.

Horseshoe Lake at Woodland got 10,300 rainbow, while Kress Lake near Kalama received about 3,400 trout.

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

Lower Columbia — Estuary, 74 boaters with 27 adult spring chinook kept and one released. (WDFW)

Tongue Point to Wauna power lines, 34 boaters with 10 adult spring chinook kept and one chinook released. (ODFW)

Cathlamet, five boaters with one adult spring chinook kept; 42 bank rods with two adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Westport, Ore., to Portland, 622 boaters with 124 adult spring chinook kept plus 29 chinook released; 142 Oregon bank rods with six adult spring chinook and five steelhead kept plus one chinook released. (WDFW)

Longview, 78 boaters with 29 adult spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus one chinook released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz River mouth, six boaters with no catch. (WDFW)

Kalama, 121 boaters with 19 adult spring chinook kept and five released; 20 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Woodland, 84 boaters with 28 adult spring chinook kept plus six adult chinook and one jack released; 35 bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 85 boaters with 18 adult spring chinook and one jack kept plus three adult spring chinook released; 25 bank rods with two adult spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, 122 boaters with 30 adult spring chinook kept plus four released. (WDFW)

Troutdale, 288 boaters with 56 adult spring chinook kept plus 17 released. (ODFW)

Camas-Washougal, 69 boaters with11 adult spring chinook kept and three released. (WDFW)

Columbia Gorge (downstream of Rooster Rock), 77 boaters with 14 spring chinook kept and five released. (ODFW)

North Bonneville, 231 bank rods with 53 adult spring chinook kept and 18 released. (WDFW)

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 14 boaters with 11 walleye kept and 33 released; six boaters with four bass kept and 22 released; 131 bank rods with five spring chinook kept and two released; 41 boaters with seven spring chinook kept and three released; 15 bank rods with five sublegal sturgeon released; 21 boaters with one legal sturgeon kept and 57 sublegals released. (WDFW)

John Day pool, 20 boaters with three walleye kept and two released; eight boaters with 27 bass released; 76 bank rods with four spring chinook kept plus two chinook and one steelhead released; 22 boaters with one spring chinook released; 16 bank rods with no sturgeon; 21 boaters with four legal sturgeon kept plus three oversize and 15 sublegals released. (WDFW)

Cowlitz — Eighty-six boaters with 26 steelhead and nine spring chinook kept plus one spring chinook released; 123 bank rods with 18 adult spring chinook and 15 steelhead kept plus one spring chinook and two steelhead released. (WDFW)

Kalama — Seventeen boaters with two steelhead kept; 13 bank rods with three steelhead and three spring chinook released. The Kalama is closed for salmon. (WDFW)

Lewis — Eight bank rods with one adult spring chinook released. The Lewis is closed for salmon. (WDFW)

Wind — Seventy-nine boaters with 11 adult spring chinook kept plus one released; seven bank rods with one chinook released. The boat-limit rule begins on May 1, and the two-pole endorsement is valid on May 1.

Drano Lake - Seventy-five boaters with seven spring chinook kept and two released; 11 bank rods with no catch. The boat-limit rule begins on May 1, and the two-pole endorsement is valid on May 1.

Klickitat — Five bank rods with no catch. (WDFW)

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