Half Of Springer Guideline Remains For Rec Fleet

Fresh numbers from state spring Chinook managers show that “slightly less than half of the 7,750 upriver catch guideline has been taken,” which raises hopes for some sort of sport fleet reopener on the Columbia — the dirty, high, cold Columbia.

According to biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver, we’ve kept 3,538 above-Bonneville-bound kings — 45 percent of the guideline — and 4,510 overall through April 4, the last day the river below the dam was open.

Tomorrow afternoon, Oregon and Washington managers will review the catch stats.

THE KIRBY CANNON KREW KILLED 'EM AT PRESCOTT BEACH LAST WEEKEND. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

Hymer says that managers had forecast a catch of 10,100 springers of all stocks on the big river.

April rains and upstream runoff have muddied up the Columbia as well as tribs in its lower end. At Bonneville, the river is running just below 400,000 cubic feet per second.

Despite higher flows, boat anglers picked up 499 springers this month, including 429 headed for places like Drano, the upper Columbia and Idaho.

Oregon plunkers took 223 over four days of fishing in April, including 118 along Sauvie Island, according to catch stats.

Washington bankies managed, oh, just never mind.

Overall sportfishing effort was slightly lower than expected, with an estimated 82,340 angler trips taken vs. 85,300 predicted, according to Hymer.

Of the 4,510 springers retained this season, 71.8 percent were caught below I-5.

Meanwhile, here’s ODFW’s weekend creel summary:

High flows and dirty water put a damper on salmon fishing this past weekend.  Boat anglers fishing in the Troutdale and Portland to Longview areas respectively averaged 0.13 spring chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing from Portland to Longview averaged 0.05 spring chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per bank angler.  On Saturday’s (4/2) flight, 1,612 boats and 777 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for 11 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 23 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook released for 197 boats (469 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped spring chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 478 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 46 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight unclipped spring chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 423 boats (1,118 anglers).

Estuary Bank: (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed no catch for 11 boats (25 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed two unclipped spring chinook released for 41 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (one angler).

John Day Pool:

Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers.

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