Fishing Report, June 20by Terry Otto
The Columbian, June 20, 2019
Anglers continue to catch spring Chinook in the Willamette River.
Angling for summer steelhead is open from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington border. The retention of Chinook and sockeye is prohibited.
Angling for shad is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the state border.
White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries are currently in effect.
Panfish and bass are biting well in local lakes
Trout fishing is fair in lowland lakes, good in high country lakes and streams.
Walleye angling is good in the John Day Pool.
Columbia from Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Hwy 395 Bridge at Pasco: Effective through June 30, the daily limit is two hatchery steelhead. Release all salmon. Effective July 1 through July 31, the daily limit is one hatchery steelhead. Salmon and steelhead night fishing closure. Release all salmon.
Columbiat tributaries: Effective June 1, barbless hooks are voluntary for salmon and steelhead directed fisheries in some tributaries to the Columbia River from Buoy 10 to McNary Dam. For a complete list of rivers and areas where barbed hooks are allowed please visit the Emergency Rules section of the WDFW website. (WDFW)
Fishery Reports for Columbia mainstem
During Saturday's flight 58 salmonid boats and 122 Washington bank anglers were counted from Skamokawa upstream to the Interstate 5 Bridge.
Nearly 400 shad anglers were counted on the Washington shore just below Bonneville Dam during Saturday's flight (6/15). Yesterday's dam count was just over 200,000 fish, which pushes the season total over 5.4 million to date.
Salmon/Steelhead Columbia mainstem
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