Fishing report 6/22

By Al Thomas, Columbian Outdoors Reporter

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Summer chinook fishing opened in the Columbia River with a typical catch rate of about a fish per 10 rods. Surprisingly, the mark rate was 70 percent hatchery fish. The steelhead mark rate was 87 percent.
• Sturgeon anglers get another shot at keeping a fish on Friday, when Bonneville pool is open for the day. The slot limit is 38 inches to 54 inches fork length. The spawning sanctuary from The Dalles Dam downstream for 1.8 miles is closed.
• Goose Lake in the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest has been stocked with lots of trout. The state has planted 1,400 rainbow plus almost 6,100 cutthroat.
• Catches in the northern pikeminnow reward program were best at Kalama last week, with an average of 20 fish per rod. Port of Camas-Washougal was second best at 13.7 fish and The Dalles Marina was third at 12.1.
• Swift Reservoir continues to yield five-fish limits of trout, although the bite is not as fast as the opener three weeks ago.
Angler checks from the Washington (WDFW) and Oregon (ODFW) departments of Fish and Wildlife:
Lower Columbia — Astoria Bridge to Wauna power lines, 23 boaters with seven adult summer chinook and one steelhead kept plus one adult chinook released; 29 boaters with 27 legal, 21 sublegal and 10 oversize sturgeon released. (ODFW)
Downstream of Puget Island, 19 boaters with one adult summer chinook kept and two released. (WDFW)
Cathlamet, 10 boaters with no catch; 18 bank rods with one adult summer chinook released. (WDFW)
Westport, Ore., to Portland, 85 boaters with eight summer chinook and two jack chinook kept plus two adult chinook, one sockeye and a steelhead released; 133 Oregon bank rods with 11 adult summer chinook, three sockeye and three steelhead kept plus seven adult chinook, two jacks and a steelhead released. (ODFW)
Longview, 147 boaters with 17 adult summer chinook, five steelhead and two sockeye kept plus one adult chinook and one steelhead released; 168 bank rods with one adult chinook, three jack chinook, six steelhead and two sockeye kept plus one chinook and one sockeye released; nine boaters with three legal, six sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released. (WDFW)
Cowlitz River mouth, 36 boaters with three adult chinook and one jack chinook kept one jack chinook released. (WDFW)
Kalama — Ninety-five boaters with eight adult summer chinook, one jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus seven adult chinook and one jack released; 48 bank rods with two adult summer chinook released; 18 boaters with 13 legal, 34 sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released. (WDFW)
Woodland, 61 boaters with 13 adult summer chinook and one jack chinook kept plus five summer chinook released; 111 bank rods with eight adult summer chinook, two jack chinook and one steelhead kept plus one steelhead released. (WDFW)
Warrior Rock to Kelley Point, 39 boaters with three adult summer chinook kept and two released; 65 bank rods with three adult summer chinook and two sockeye kept plus two adult chinook released. (WDFW)
Davis Bar to Portland airport tower, eight boaters with no catch; five bank rods with one adult summer chinook kept and one released. (WDFW)
Troutdale, Ore., 98 boaters with three adult summer chinook kept plus two adult chinook released; 10 boaters with seven shad kept. (ODFW)
Camas-Washougal, 32 boaters with no catch; seven boaters with 17 shad kept; two boaters with no walleye. (WDFW)
North Bonneville, 12 boaters with one adult chinook released; 122 bank rods with 15 adult summer chinook and two jack chinook kept plus nine adult chinook released; 16 boaters with 207 shad kept; 269 bank rods with 2,184 shad kept and 55 released. (WDFW)
Columbia Gorge (downstream of Bonneville Dam), 56 boaters with nine adult summer chinook and one steelhead kept plus 11 adult chinook released; 38 boaters with 653 shad kept; 15 Oregon bank rods with six adult summer chinook and one jack kept; 43 Oregon bank rods with 338 shad kept. (ODFW)
Cowlitz — Downstream of Interstate 5, three boaters with no catch; 63 bank rods with three adult spring chinook and four steelhead kept. Upstream of I-5, 217 bank rods with 31 adult spring chinook, three jack chinook and two steelhead kept plus two adult spring chinook and one steelhead released; 56 bank rods with one adult spring chinook and 23 steelhead kept plus five cutthroat trout released. (WDFW)
Kalama — Twenty-seven bank rods with three adult spring chinook kept plus one adult and one jack chinook released; 10 boater with four adult spring chinook and two steelhead kept. (WDFW)
Lewis — Three boat rods with no catch. (WDFW)
North Fork Lewis — Twenty-three bank rods with one jack chinook kept; three boaters with no catch.
Wind — No check. June 30 is the final day to fish for spring chinook upstream of Shepherd Falls. It is also the last day for two poles, boat limits and barbed hooks.
Drano Lake — Eight boat rods with one spring chinook kept. June 30 is the last day for two poles, boat limits and barbed hooks. The lake will be open daily beginning July 1 and the bank-only area near the mouth will be open for boaters again. (WDFW)
Klickitat — Seven bank rods with four adult and two jack spring chinook kept. (WDFW)