Anglers heading out this month for Columbia River shad fishing are reminded that Cascade Island-a traditionally popular fishing access point just downstream from Bonneville Dam-remains closed to public access indefinitely.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers site has been closed to public access for security reasons since Sept. 11, 2001.
Anglers will still be able to fish from the Washington mainland bank of the river, from a yellow marker line 600 feet below the Bonneville Dam powerhouse downstream to the lower end of Hamilton Island, a distance of a few miles, said Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regional fish biologist Joe Hymer. Another favorable bank fishing spot for shad is the Steamboat Landing public dock in Washougal, he added. The Camas/Washougal area can also be productive for boat anglers.
"There's still good shad fishing opportunity, but it will be more crowded along the river bank below the dam," Hymer said.
Shad fishing from Buoy 10 at the Columbia River mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam opens daily beginning Friday (May 16) with peak fishing expected to occur in the first two weeks of June. A fishing license is required but there is no daily limit for shad in Washington.
Tips on shad fishing can be found on the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/outreach/fishing/shad/shad.htm and creel survey results at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/regions/reg5/reg5-2.htm. Fish counts for various Columbia River mainstem dams can be accessed at http://www.cbr.washington.edu/dart/adult.html on the Internet.