Columbia Summer Chinook Update (6-28-11)

Courtesy fisheries biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver:

Last week (June 20-26) anglers on the lower Columbia made 15,100 trips and caught 2,525 adult summer chinook (1,759 kept and 766 released) and 483 sockeye (366 kept and 117 released).  Boat angler effort increased from the previous week while bank angler effort was similar.  Catch rates for chinook increased for both boat and bank anglers, and sockeye catch rates picked up for bank anglers. Washington bank anglers were also catching quite a few more steelhead last week.

(Here’s his report for June 16-19: During the first four days of the summer chinook fishery, anglers made 9,600 trips and caught 1,300 adult summer chinook (855 kept and 446 released).  Bank anglers made the majority of the trips and catch although overall boat anglers had a higher catch rate.  On Sunday’s flight we counted over 1,100 salmonid bank anglers and just under 300 boats.)

Meanwhile, ODFW sent their weekly Lower Columbia fishing roundup out via Tanna Takata. To wit:

Salmon catch rates ranged from fair to excellent on the lower Columbia this past weekend.  Boat anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 1.14 summer chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.91 summer chinook caught per boat.  Boat anglers fishing in the Portland to Longview area averaged 0.22 summer chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale this past week averaged 0.11 summer chinook caught per boat.  Angler success continues to improve along the banks between Portland and the estuary where catch rates averaged 0.15 summer chinook caught per bank angler.  On the lower Columbia this past weekend there were 464 boats, and 535 Oregon bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (6/25) flight.  Shad angling slowed down slightly this past week; however, the best catch rates continue to be in the gorge.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for three salmon anglers; and 384 shad kept, plus eight shad released for 112 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults and two adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks kept, plus two unclipped summer chinook adults released for 11 salmon boats (37 anglers); and 92 shad kept for 13 shad boats (32 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults kept for 19 salmon boats (28 anglers); and one shad kept for three shad boats (six anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekend checking showed 22 adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, 13 adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks, seven adipose fin-clipped steelhead, and seven sockeye kept, plus 15 unclipped summer chinook adults, one unclipped summer chinook jack, and five sockeye released for 254 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, and two adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks kept, plus one unclipped summer chinook adult and one unclipped summer chinook jack released for 36 boats (85 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to the Astoria-Megler Bridge): Weekend checking showed eight adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, seven adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jacks, four adipose fin-clipped steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus one unclipped summer chinook jack released for 54 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Puget Island to the Astoria-Megler Bridge): Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults and one adipose fin-clipped summer chinook jack kept, plus two unclipped summer chinook adults, one unclipped steelhead and six sockeye released for seven boats (19 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adult and two sockeye kept, plus six unclipped summer chinook adults and 19 sockeye released for eight salmon anglers; and 124 shad kept, plus 106 shad released for 46 shad anglers.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped summer chinook adults, plus four unclipped summer chinook adults released for 52 bank anglers.

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