Columbia Fishing Report (6-21-11)

Fisheries biologist Joe Hymer ain’t the only person tracking catches on the Lower Columbia.

Typically he sends his roundup for the north side of the big river as well as Southwest Washington rivers and lakes on Mondays (like he did yesterday afternoon).

It’s usually followed by a report from ODFW’s Tanna Takata for the Columbia up to the Oregon-Washington line above McNary Dam.

Here’s Takata’s report for salmon, steelhead and shad for boat and bank anglers on the river’s south shore:

COLUMBIA RIVER MAINSTEM, ASTORIA-MEGLER BRIDGE UPSTREAM TO THE OREGON/WASHINGTON BORDER ABOVE MCNARY DAM:

Effective Wednesday June 16 through Saturday July 31, 2011 this section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped steelhead, sockeye (fin-clipped or not) and shad.  The daily bag limit is two adipose fin-clipped adult summer chinook, adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead, or sockeye in combination and five adipose fin-clipped chinook jacks.  All sockeye count toward the adult salmonid daily bag limit, regardless of size.

Salmon catch rates ranged from fair to good on the lower Columbia this past weekend.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.0 summer chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.40 summer chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Longview area boat anglers averaged 0.36 summer chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.13 summer chinook caught per boat.  Bank angling improved slightly from the previous weekends catch rates where bank anglers river wide averaged 0.13 summer chinook from Bonneville dam down to the estuary.  On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 295 boats, and 562 Oregon bank anglers counted on Sunday’s (6/19) flight.  Shad anglers fishing in the gorge showed the highest catch rates where boat anglers averaged 16.3 shad caught per boat, and bank anglers averaged 2.53 shad caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for two salmon anglers; and 245 shad kept for 97 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped summer chinook kept, plus one unclipped summer chinook released for four salmon boats (12 anglers); and 195 shad kept for 12 shad boats (33 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one unclipped summer chinook released for eight salmon boats (15 anglers); and no catch for one shad boat (four anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekend checking showed 17 adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, two adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks, two sockeye, and six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped summer chinook adults, one unclipped summer chinook jack, one unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 192 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed 10 adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, seven adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks, and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped summer chinook adults and two unclipped summer chinook jacks kept for 42 boats (110 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, 10 adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks, three sockeye and 10 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 64 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed 11 adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, six adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks, three sockeye, and five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped summer chinook adults, one unclipped summer chinook jack and one sockeye released for 40 boats (104 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekend checking showed two sockeye kept, plus one unclipped summer chinook jack released for five salmon anglers; and 167 shad kept for 30 shad anglers.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jack and one unclipped summer chinook jack released for 138 bank anglers.

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