Friday, February 17, 2006

Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River

Anglers already fishing for Chinook
It's still too early to fish for spring Chinook salmon in the lower Columbia River, but that's not stopping hard-core anglers.
A flight of the river on the weekend tallied 17 boats in pursuit of spring salmon and 50 bank rods on the Oregon shore.
There is between two and three feet of visibility in the Columbia at Frenchmen Bar. A boater reportedly landed a spring Chinook there on Monday.
So far, 10 spring Chinook have been landed in the commercial sturgeon fishery. Two have returned to Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery and at least one has been caught at Meldrum Bar on the Willamette.
Oregon officials observed an angler lose a hatchery spring Chinook while fishing near Kalama, so there is a smattering of fish around.
Commercial smelt netters landed more than 900 pounds last Thursday in the lower Columbia. There were few sport dippers and no catch observed Saturday between Gearhart Gardens Park and Castle Rock in the lower Cowlitz River. Few birds and no seals were noted.
Kidney Lake near North Bonneville was stocked with 1,000 half-pound rainbow trout recently.
Angler checks and related information from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Oregon Department of Fish and wild life (ODFW):

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