Lower Columbia Chinook, Sockeye Report (7-7-11)

Fisheries biologist Joe Hymer in Vancouver just sent out the following update on the Lower Columbia summer Chinook and sockeye fisheries:

During July 1-4, anglers on the lower Columbia River made 9210 trips and caught 827 adult summer Chinook (574 kept and 253 released) and 474 sockeye (379 kept and 95 released) – see attched.  While catch rates dropped for both boat and bank anglers, effort remained high with 1600 bank anglers and 378 boats observed on Saturday 7/2.

AMONG THE NEARLY 2,000 SUMMER CHINOOK ANGLERS HAVE TURNED BACK, THIS BEAUTIFUL WILD BUCK BY BRENT HEDDEN AND CREW. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)

The latest catch stats bring the fishery totals below Bonneville Dam to 4,051 summer Chinook retained and 1,954 released, and 1,289 sockeye retained and 328 released for 41,156 sport angler trips.

A “fact sheet” sent out yesterday by fishery managers show another 91 kings retained between Bonneville and Priest Rapids Dam and 84 released.

Two nontribal commercial fisheries in June yielded 5,076 kings while through July 7 tribal fishermen were expected to have caught 14,355 of their allocation of 21,849 under the downgraded return forecast of 77,000 back to the Columbia mouth.

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