Fishing Report, April 26by Terry Otto
The Columbian, April 26, 2018
Spring Chinook angling on the Columbia River is open from Tower Island powerlines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville Dam and Tower Island powerlines.
White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch and release fishing.
The McNary Pool is open to the retention of legal white sturgeon through July 31.
Walleye angling is good in The Dalles and John Day Pools.
The official trout season opener is this Saturday. Southwest Washington lakes have been well-stocked in advance of the event.
The 551 adult spring Chinook counted at Bonneville Dam through April 22 are the second lowest on record. The record low are the 427 adults counted through April 22, 2006. However, more than 126,000 spring Chinook were tallied crossing the dam by the end of that season (June 15, 2006).
Cowlitz River -- From the I-5 Bridge downstream: 143 bank rods kept one adult spring Chinook and six steelhead and released one steelhead. Eighteen boat rods kept two adult spring Chinook. Above the I-5 Bridge: 195 bank rods kept seven adult spring Chinook and 22 steelhead and released two steelhead. 91 boat rods kept three adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 20 steelhead and released one steelhead.
Bank anglers should note the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing from May 1 through June 15 per permanent regulations.
Kalama River -- 29 bank anglers kept one adult spring Chinook and released five steelhead. Ten boat anglers kept one adult spring Chinook and released three steelhead.
Lewis River mainstem -- 39 bank rods kept one adult spring Chinook. Sixteen boat rods kept one adult spring Chinook and released one adult spring Chinook.
North Fork Lewis River -- 56 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook 43 boat rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and released one steelhead.
Under current rules, the Lewis (including North Fork) closes for spring Chinook effective May 1. Also, the area from Johnson Creek upstream to the dam is closed to all fishing during the month of May.
Wind River -- 12 boat anglers had no catch. Anglers should be aware that there will be changes to the regualtions starting May 1. Please check the regulations before fishing.
Drano Lake -- Two bank anglers had no catch. 57 boat anglers kept 8 adult spring Chinook
Klickitat River -- Five bank anglers had no catch.
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