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Fishing Report, May 2

by Terry Otto
The Columbian, May 2, 2019

(Dick Borneman) A spring chinook caught in early March 2009 near the upper end of Bachelor Island Spring Chinook angling is open on the Columbia River through Sunday 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 at the mouth of the Columbia upstream to McNary Dam but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing. Anglers are reminded that spawning sanctuaries took effect May 1.

White sturgeon retention will be open from Buoy 10 upstream to Wauna powerlines on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays during May 13 through June 5.

Trout anglers fishing the lowland lakes opener last Saturday did well, in spite of blustery conditions. Overall trout fishing is good.

Drano Lake is producing fair catches of spring Chinook.

Walleye fishing is poor in the Columbia due to river conditions.

Lower Columbia mainstem

Warrior Rock line to Bonneville Dam -- 48 salmonid boats and 89 Washington bank rods were tallied during last Saturdays flight count.

Bonneville -- 135 bank anglers kept nine adult spring Chinook and released 1. 3 boats/4 anglers had no catch.

Camas/Washougal -- four boats/11 anglers had no catch.

I-5 -- Two bank anglers had no catch. Eight boats/20 anglers had no catch.

Vancouver -- 15 bank anglers had no catch.

Bonneville Pool -- Weekly checking showed no catch for 22 bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool -- Weekly checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Columbia tributaries

Cowlitz River -- I-5 Bridge downstream: 22 bank rods kept one steelhead. Above the I-5 Bridge: 11 bank rods had no catch; 13 boats/34 rods released one Chinook.

Kalama River -- 32 bank anglers had no catch. 13 boats/26 rods released one steelhead; 15 adult Chinook have returned to the hatchery as of April 29th.

Lewis River -- Little to no effort during the current steelhead season. One bank angler had no catch.

Wind River -- Muddy Columbia River water is depressing the fishing. 18 boats/31 rods kept six Chinook and released one Chinook.

Drano Lake -- Effort has been ramping up each week, and catches are improving. Bank anglers are struggling, but the boats have been producing some fish; 80 boats/174 rods kept 40 Chinook.

Klickitat River -- Four bank anglers kept one steelhead.

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Terry Otto
Fishing Report, May 2
The Columbian, May 2, 2019

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