Columbia Springer Update (4-12-11)

A pair of updates on Lower Columbia springer fishing are out today.

The first, from biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver, details the overall estimated weekend catch and effort, while the second, from ODFW, details creel sampling done on the Oregon side last weekend.

Hymer:

From April 8-10 there were an estimated 7,400 angler trips w/ 665 chinook (513 kept and 152 released) and 201 steelhead handled.

For the season thru April 10  there have been an estimated 90,000 angler trips with 5,023 adult spring kept and 1,485 released.

Still pretty low salmonid effort for the first week of April – just over 700 boats and nearly 850 bank anglers counted during the Saturday April 9 effort flight count.  Last year at this time (Saturday April 10) there were 2,300 salmonid boats.

A Joint State hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on April 14 via teleconference.

ODFW:

Salmonid catch rates improved on the lower Columbia this past weekend.  Boat anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.26 spring chinook caught per boat, while boat anglers fishing the estuary averaged 0.17 spring chinook caught per boat.  In Troutdale boat anglers averaged 0.13 spring chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.17 spring chinook and 0.17 steelhead caught per bank angler, while bank anglers fishing the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.06 spring chinook and 0.07 steelhead caught per bank angler.  On Saturday’s (4/9) flight, 721 boats and 618 Oregon bank anglers were counted.

Gorge Bank:

Weekend checking showed no catch for nine bank anglers.

Gorge Boats:

No report.

Troutdale Boats:

Weekend checking showed 10 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus two unclipped spring chinook released for 94 boats (218 anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank:

Weekend checking showed 20 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jack and 23 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped spring chinook and seven unclipped steelhead released for 453 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats:

Weekend checking showed 30 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jack and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 10 unclipped spring chinook released for 153 boats (388 anglers).

Estuary Bank: (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jack and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 12 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines):

Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept, plus one unclipped spring chinook released for 12 boats (26 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:

No report.

The Dalles Pool:

Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook kept for 74 bank anglers.

John Day Pool:

No report.

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