Wide Range of Fishing Choices
by Mark Yuasa
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Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam - This past weekend we sampled 1,261 salmon anglers (including 184 boats) with 135 adult and 13 jack summer Chinook, 62 steelhead, and 43 sockeye. 75 (56%) of the adult Chinook, 50 (81%) of the steelhead, and 41 (95%) of the sockeye were kept (though any sockeye may be retained).
What a difference one day and a little adult Chinook retention makes! There were 10X as many salmonid boats and bank anglers counted from last Friday (non adult Chinook retention) to Saturday. A total of 850 salmonid boats and 1,571 bank anglers were counted during the Saturday June 16 effort flight count.
The Dalles Pool - Bank anglers caught some hatchery summer Chinook.
John Day Pool - From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish Biologist in Pasco -WDFW staff interviewed 34 boats (91 anglers) and 89 bank anglers over the weekend. Salmon harvest was estimated at 9 adult hatchery Chinook and 3 sockeye with 27 wild Chinook released.
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