Fishing Report, April 25by Terry Otto
The Columbian, April 25, 2019
Fisheries managers have approved another two-day opener for spring Chinook in the lower Columbia River. Anglers can fish Saturday and Sunday from Warrior Rock up to Beacon Rock for boats, and for bank anglers up to the Bonneville Dam deadline.
Spring Chinook angling is open through May 5 from Tower Island power lines upstream to the Oregon/Washington border above McNary Dam, plus the banks between Bonneville Dam and Tower Island power lines.
Spring Chinook angling is open on the Willamette River, but catches have been slowed by river conditions.
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 take effect Wednesday (see special regulations for details).
White sturgeon retention will be open from Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna powerlines on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during May 13 through June 5 (see special regulations for details).
Trout fishing in local lakes continues to be good.
Walleye fishing is improving, but poor river conditions continue to hamper success. (ODFW/WDFW)
Willamette Fish Counts: As of April 24, only 191 spring Chinook adults had crossed over the Willamette Falls.
Bonneville Dam fish counts: 1250 spring Chinook adults had passed Bonneville Dam as of April 24.
Creel surveys April 20-21
Bonneville: 101 bank anglers kept 7 adult spring Chinook and released 4. 10 boats, 23 anglers kept 1 adult spring chinook and released 1.
Camas/Washougal: 15 boats, 24 anglers had no catch
Interstate 5: 19 boats, 39 anglers had no catch.
Vancouver: 25 bank anglers had no catch. 77 boats, 171 anglers kept 2 adult spring chinook and released 1.
Columbia River Tributaries
Cowlitz River, I-5 Bridge downstream: 39 bank rods released 3 Chinook and kept 1 steelhead..
Cowlitz River, above the I-5 Bridge: 15 bank rods kept 1 steelhead. 25 boats/80 rods released 2 Chinook and kept 8 steelhead and released 2 steelhead.
Kalama River -- 27 bank anglers had no catch. 10 boats/18 rods kept 3 Chinook and released 2 steelhead.
Lewis River -- 9 bank anglers had no catch. 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.
Wind River -- 1 bank angler had no catch. 10 boats/15 rods kept 1 Chinook and released 1 Chinook.
Drano Lake -- 16 boats/27 rods kept 1 Chinook. (WDFW)
Recent trout plants
Horseshoe Lake (Cowlitz): 3,360 rainbow trout at 2.8 per pound were planted on April 17.
Kress Lake (Cowlitz): 3, 080 rainbow trout at 2.8 per pound were planted on April 17.
Battle Ground (Clark): 2,000 rainbow at 1.9 per pound were planted on April 15.
Sacajawea Lake (Cowlitz): 3,375 rainbow at 2.5 per pound were stocked on April 15.(WDFW).
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