State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River
by Mark Yuasa
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Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam -- Effort is increasing and so is catch, although at a slower rate.
Last week we sampled 503 salmonid anglers (including 113 boats) with 4 spring Chinook and 7 steelhead kept plus 11 steelhead released. All of the Chinook upriver origin based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).
261 salmonid boats and 426 bank anglers were counted on the mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam last Sunday.
Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam -- Little to no effort and no catch was observed.
Bonneville Dam to Washington/Oregon Border -- Effective March 16 through May 6, will be open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead. Bank fishing only from Bonneville Dam to Tower Island power lines located about 6 miles below The Dalles Dam. The salmonid limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults and only 1 may be an adult Chinook. Release wild Chinook and wild steelhead.
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