THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS GATHERED BY ODFW AND WDFW AND TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC
LOWER WILLAMETTE SPRING CHINOOK SPORT FISHERY UPDATE
April 25th Willamette Falls-Temperature<http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/fish_counts/willamette/2016/2016_Monthly_sheet.pdf>: 59, Visibility: 5.8
Total Chinook kept April 18-24: 662, with the best catch still happening in the lower section of Multnomah Channel.
April 18-24 Total Legal Sturgeon released: 534
April 18-24 Total Oversize Sturgeon released: 194
Washington lower Columbia mainstem and its tributaries sport sampling summaries – April 18-24
Cowlitz River – Spring Chinook now make up half the catch with the majority of the fish sampled between the hatcheries.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 610 winter run steelhead, one summer-run steelhead, 1,291 spring Chinook adults and 58 spring Chinook jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 23 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, 475 spring Chinook, 30 spring Chinook jacks and three winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, 378 spring Chinook adults, 12 jacks and 39 winter-run steelhead adults into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and 236 spring Chinook adults and 14 jacks at Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood.
Tacoma Power also released 4,000 rainbow trout into Swofford Pond near Mossyrock.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,250 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 25. Visibility is eight feet.
Anglers should note the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing from May 1through June 15 per permanent regulations.
Lewis River – Light effort for steelhead around the hatchery.
North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) upstream to Merwin Dam – During the month of May, closed to all fishing.
Except for the Lewis, hatchery adult spring Chinook returns to Washington lower river tributaries are higher than the same time last year. Both the Cowlitz and Kalama are tracking ahead of what would be expected at this time based on the preseason forecasts.
River 2016 2015
Cowlitz 4,294 2,655
Kalama 17 3 Kalama stock
Lewis 31 48
Kalama River – 8 boat anglers kept 2 adult spring Chinook, 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead. 25 bank anglers kept 5 adult spring Chinook and 1 steelhead.
A SPRING CHINOOK ANGLER WORKS THE KALAMA RIVER LAST WEEKEND. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)
Wind River and Drano Lake – Catch rates are nearly identical at both locations with a Chinook kept per about every 6 rods. At the same time last year it was a fish per every 2 to 3 rods.
Wind River – Beginning May 1, anti-snagging rule will be in effect from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.
Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls upstream to boundary markers approximately 800 yards downstream from Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed 400 feet below to 100 feet above the Coffer Dam) -From May 1 through June 30, the salmon and steelhead daily limit will be a total of 2 chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Unmarked chinook may be retained in this section of the Wind. Night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.
Wind River (mouth to Hwy. 14 Bridge) and Drano Lake – Effective May 1 through June 30, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.
Klickitat River – Light effort though the river was beginning to clear around the middle of last week.
Wind River in-season update: 31 four year-old and 1 five year-old Carson National Fish Hatchery (CNFH) PIT tagged adults have been detected at Bonneville Dam as of April 25. Applying the respective juvenile tag rates (2.66% for four year-olds and 2.55% for five year-olds) produces an estimate of 1,165 four year-olds and 39 five year-olds (1,204 total adults) over Bonneville. For PIT tag detections at Bonneville Dam, seehttp://www.cbr.washington.edu/dart/query/pitadult_obsyr_detail.
39 adult spring Chinook reported in the Shipherd Falls trap yesterday.
Drano Lake in-season update: 13 four year-old and 1 five year-old Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery (LWS) PIT tagged adults have been detected at Bonneville Dam as of April 25. Applying the respective juvenile tag rates (1.35% for four year-olds and 1.43% for five year-olds) produces an estimate of 963 four year-olds and 70 five year-olds (1,033 total adults) over Bonneville.
There have been 1 four year-old and 3 five year-old Willard National Fish Hatchery PIT tagged adults detected at Bonneville Dam as of April 25. Applying the respective juvenile tag rates (2.38% for four year-olds and 1.00% for five year-olds) produces an estimate of 42 four year-olds and 300 five year-olds (342 total adults) over Bonneville.
Grand total: Little White Salmon + Willard hatcheries = 1,375 adults.
Klickitat River in-season update: 2 four year-old and 1 five year-old Klickitat Fish Hatchery PIT tagged adults have been detected at Bonneville Dam as of April 25. Applying the respective juvenile tag rates (3.50% for four year-olds and 3.01% for five year-olds) produces an estimate of 57 four year-olds and 33 five year-olds (90 total adults) over Bonneville.
Through April 8, one adipose clipped adult has been counted at the Lyle Falls trap. The Lyle Falls trap counts can be found at http://www.ykfp.org/klickitat/Data_lyleadulttrap.htm
Bonneville Pool – Bank anglers at the mouth of Drano Lake are catching some spring Chinook.
The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some spring Chinook but still pretty slow overall.
John Day Pool – Both bank and boat anglers are catching a few spring Chinook.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – No report on success during the current catch-and-release only fishery. All fishing for sturgeon will be closed from May 1 through Aug. 31 in the sturgeon sanctuary from 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.
Bonneville Pool – No report on success during the current catch-and-release only fishery. Angling for sturgeon will be prohibited from May 1 through July 31 between The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Under permanent rules to protect spawning fish, closed to fishing for sturgeon from John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the west end of the grain silo at Rufus OregonMay 1 through July 31.
John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals. Under permanent rules to protect spawning fish, closed to fishing for sturgeon from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to Hwy. 82 (Hwy. 395) Bridge May 1 through July 31.
Walleye and Bass
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged nearly 4 walleye and 19 bass kept/released per rod.
John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 3 walleye and nearly 8 bass per rod. Bank anglers are also catching some walleye.
Battleground Lake and Klineline Pond were planted with triploids (250 ea.) and cutthroat (2,000 ea.) yesterday. Goose Lake is expected to be planted by the end of May or whenever we can get in there.