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Fishing report 5/25

By , Columbian Outdoors Reporter

Canyon Creek in will not be stocked with trout for Saturday’s fishing opener due to the closure of road No. 54 in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

“We cannot get the planting trucks to the location we normally plant up near Canyon Creek campground,’’ said John Weinheimer, district fish biologist for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. “Lower possible suitable sites were not found.’’

The stream was scheduled to get 5,500 trout, which will be redistributed to Rowland Lake in Klickitat County and Battle Ground Lake and Klineline Pond in Clark County.

The Little White Salmon River in eastern Skamania County also opens Saturday. It is getting planted with 3,000 rainbow trout.

Swift Reservoir opens June 3 and is slated to get 45,000 fin-clipped rainbow trout.

 Horseshoe Lake at Woodland has been stocked with 2,600 catchable-size rainbow trout plus 50 large broodstock rainbow.

 Trollers at Merwin Reservoir are doing well, for the most part, for kokanee. As water temperatures warm, the fish are moving deeper. Weekend reports listed 10 to 15 deep as a productive depth by mid-morning.

 Walleye catch rates are slowing in the upper The Dalles pool, although are still decent. Smallmouth bass catches have improved.

 Forty-nine shad had been counted at Bonneville Dam through Tuesday. The 10-year average cumulative count is 50,663.

• Spring chinook counts have improved at Bonneville Dam. State, federal and tribal biologists will meet this afternoon to update the forecast.

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

Cowlitz — Ninety-four boaters with 28 adult spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus five cutthroat trout released; 285 bank rods with 22 adult spring chinook, one jack chinook and a steelhead kept plus two adult chinook and five cutthroat released. (WDFW)

Water visibility is 6 feet. The temperature is 46.4 degrees.

At the salmon hatchery separator, 315 adult chinook, 34 jack chinook, 43 winter steelhead and 18 summer steelhead returned.

Kalama — One-hundred-fifty-three bank rods with two spring chinook and one hatchery steelhead kept plus one spring chinook and one wild steelhead released; 137 boaters with seven spring chinook and one steelhead kept plus one wild steelhead released. (WDFW)

East Fork Lewis — Two bank rods with no steelhead. (WDFW)

Wind — Six bank rods with four adult spring chinook and one jack kept; 227 boat rods with 52 adult and three jack spring chinook kept. (WDFW)

Drano Lake — Four-hundred-seventy-one boaters with 151 adult spring chinook and six jack chinook kept plus three adult chinook and one jack released. (WDFW)

Klickitat — Thirty-eight bank rods with 12 adult spring chinook, one jack chinook and four steelhead kept. (WDFW)

Beginning June 1, angling is open daily on the Klickitat from the mouth to Fisher Hill Bridge and from 400 upstream of No. 5 fishway to boundary markers downstream of Klickitat Salmon Hatchery. The daily limit is six hatchery-origin chinook, of which two can be adults. Three hatchery steelhead also may be retained.

Lower Willamette — Downstream of St. Johns Bridge and Multnomah Channel, 1,965 anglers with 311 spring chinook kept and 26 released. (ODFW)

Through Monday, the count at Willamette Falls was 8,440 spring chinook. The sport catch totals 5,314 spring chinook.

Coldwater Lake — Two trollers with 14 rainbow trout released. The fish ranged from 6 to 14 inches.

Mid-Columbia — The Dalles pool, 30 boaters with 104 walleye kept and 15 released. (ODFW)

• John Day pool, 104 boaters with 358 walleye kept and 149 released. (ODFW)

Columbian Outdoors Reporter

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