SW WA Fishing Report (3-21-11)

(REPORT COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Overall we sampled more anglers but catch rates were worse than the previous week.  We sampled our first Chinook of the season at Cathlamet and Kalama.

Last week we sampled 2,656 anglers (including 946 boats) with 116 chinook and 5 steelhead.  Boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept/released per every 19.4 rods based on mainly completed trips.  Almost all of the catch was sampled from the Lewis upstream.  There was one lucky bank angler out of the 447 sampled that had kept a spring Chinook.

Ninety-two (79%) of the Chinook caught were kept.  Fifty-two (84%) were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).    Four (80%) of the steelhead caught were kept.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – A couple boat anglers in the Vancouver area caught legal size fish.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Bank anglers are catching some legals in The Dalles Pool as are boat anglers in John Day Pool.

WALLEYE AND BASS

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 1.3 walleye per rod.  Some bass were also caught.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged a walleye per every 2.6 rods when including fish released.  No effort was observed for bass.

 

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