Columbia, SW WA Tribs Fishing Report (8-30-16)

THE FOLLOWING INCLUDES MATERIAL FROM PAUL HOFFARTH AND OTHER WDFW SOURCES, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 38 boat anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 13 steelhead plus released 2 adult Chinook.  49 bank anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 3 Chinook.  Most of the fish are being caught between the hatcheries though boat anglers are catching some fall Chinook and summer run steelhead near the mouth of the river.

Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 213 spring Chinook adults, 26 jacks, 11 mini-jacks, 87 fall Chinook adults, seven jacks, one coho adult, 349 summer-run steelhead, and five cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 41 spring Chinook adults and three spring Chinook jacks into the Cispus River upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek near Randle, 159 spring Chinook adults and 22 spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood, and 84 fall Chinook adults, seven jacks, one coho adult, one coho jack and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River located at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

Since June 15, Tacoma Power employees have floy-tagged and recycled 3,300 summer-run steelhead to the I-5 bridge boat launch. A total of 1,288 recycled steelhead have either been reported as harvested or returned back to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,060 cubic feet per second on Monday, August 29.

Drano Lake – 15 boat anglers kept 6 adult Chinook and 1 steelhead plus released 1 adult Chinook.

Buoy 10 – Best checks were almost a fish per boat late last week.  Coho catches have increased.

The Buoy 10 kept catch through August 23 includes about 10,200 Chinook and 1,600 Coho from 56,900 angler trips. Effort has been high but catch rates through week 34 have been less than modeled.

ANGLERS ARE FINDING A TOUGHER BITE THIS YEAR AT BUOY 10, BUT STILL HARVESTED AT LEAST 10,200 KINGS AND 1,600 COHO THROUGH AUG. 23 IN THE COLUMBIA ESTUARY. MEGAN BILLINGER CLAIMED SEVERAL FOR HERSELF, INCLUDING THIS KING ON THE OREGON SIDE ABOVE THE BRIDGE. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

ANGLERS ARE FINDING A TOUGHER BITE THIS YEAR AT BUOY 10, BUT STILL HARVESTED AT LEAST 10,200 KINGS AND 1,600 COHO THROUGH AUG. 23 IN THE COLUMBIA ESTUARY. MEGAN BILLINGER CLAIMED SEVERAL FOR HERSELF, INCLUDING THIS KING ON THE OREGON SIDE ABOVE THE BRIDGE. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

The adipose or left ventral fin clip restriction for Sun. Sept. 4 and Mon. Sept. 5 has been rescinded. Open for any Chinook, fin clipped or not, through Labor Day (September 5). Anglers have a two salmonid daily limit, only one of which may be a Chinook and/or hatchery steelhead.  Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.

From September 6-30, Chinook retention is closed.  Daily limit will be 2 hatchery coho or 1 hatchery coho and 1 hatchery steelhead.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Good early last week but since has slowed though yesterday reported good again from the Lewis downstream.

Last week we sampled 2,122 salmonid anglers (including 547 boats) with 287 adult and 9 jack fall Chinook, 33 steelhead and 4 adult and 1 jack coho.  All but 11 (96%) of the adult Chinook and 27 (82%) of the steelhead were kept.

Last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 13,865 trips and caught 1,998 adult Chinook (1,928 kept and 70 released), 268 summer steelhead (186 kept and 82 released) and 29 adult coho (18 kept and 11 released). The cumulative catch through August 28 is about 3,800 adult Chinook from 38,000 angler trips, both of which are below expectations.

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Warrior Rock line -Through September 9, anglers are allowed to retain one adult Chinook and/or hatchery steelhead as part of their two adult salmonid daily limit. From September 10-14, Chinook must have an adipose or left ventral fin clip to be retained.  Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery coho.  All Chinook must be released September 15-30.

Bonneville Pool – 24 boats/54 anglers kept 16 adult fall Chinook and released 2 fish.

From Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam – Effective September 1 through December 31, only one hatchery steelhead may be retained per day.  Note:  Does not include tributaries.

Hanford Reach – This past week WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 92 boats (187 anglers) in the Hanford Reach (Hwy. 395 to Priest Rapids Dam). Anglers harvested 12 adult chinook, 3 chinook jacks, and 1 sockeye. Daily boat counts ranged from 32 to 83 boats with the majority of the effort focused at the Yakima River delta (Bateman Island).  Boats averaged 0.2 chinook per boat.  Staff also interviewed 29 bank anglers at the Ringold Springs access area. Only 1 jack chinook was harvested at Ringold this past week. There were an estimated 812 angler trips for salmon this past week in the Hanford Reach. Harvest was estimated at 43 adult chinook and 16 chinook jacks.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – No report on angling success.

Effective September 1, fishing for sturgeon will be allowed again from the boundary markers Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 12 walleye anglers (including 5 boats) with 4 fish kept and 3 released.

Trout

Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout into Mayfield Lake last week. This week they will release 4,000 more rainbow trout into the lake.  No report on angling success.

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