(REPORT COURTESY BIOLOGIST JOE HYMER)
Cowlitz River – At the trout hatchery, 24 boat anglers (8 boats) kept 21 steehead and 2 chinook jacks and released 1 steelhead. 16 bank anglers kept 10 steelhead and released 1. At the salmon hatchery, 6 bank anglers kept 1 spring chinook.
Wind River – A couple boats before the high water; no report on angling success. Boat ramp blocked by logs last Sunday.
Drano Lake – One lonely boat here early Sunday morning; no report on angling success.
White Salmon River – 3 bank anglers had no catch. Bench at the mouth is underwater.
Klickitat River – 6 bank anglers had no catch.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first three days of this month we sampled 3,074 anglers (including 1,054 boats) with 124 chinook and 5 steelhead. Boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept/released per every 22.3 rods based on mainly completed trips. A couple chinook were caught off the bank at Bonneville and between Vancouver and Woodland.
Ninety-eight (79%) of the Chinook caught were kept. We sampled 58 (59%) of the fish kept. Forty-nine (84%) were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI). Two (40%) of the steelhead caught were kept.
The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some spring chinook.
John Day Pool – Light effort and catch.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – A few legals were caught by boat anglers from Vancouver to Kalama.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Slow for legal size fish from the bank.
John Day Pool – Boat and bank anglers are catching some legals. The John Day Pool recreational sturgeon fishery closes to retention effective 12:01 AM Sunday, April 10, 2011.
WALLEYE AND BASS
The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 3 fish per rod. Bank anglers were also catching some walleye. No anglers were observed fishing for bass.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye. The few boat anglers fishing for bass did very well.
Recent releases of catchable size brown trout and kokanee:
Lewis County Park Pond near Toledo – 5,014 browns March 28;
Swofford Pond near Mossyrock – 5,824 browns March 28;
Lake Sacajawea in Longview – 3,870 browns March 29;
Kress Lake in Kalama – 5,288 browns March 29;
Merwin Reservoir – 26,390 kokanee March 25;