THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT IS FROM JOE HYMER, PSMFC, AND TANNA TAKATA, ODFW
Cowlitz River – Boat anglers averaged nearly a hatchery summer run steelhead per person while bank anglers averaged over a spring Chinook jack per rod. Most of the steelhead were sampled at Blue Creek and Mission Bar; the salmon at the barrier dam.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 1,217 summer-run steelhead, 130 spring Chinook adults, 74 jacks, 219 mini-jacks, one fall Chinook adult, two cutthroat trout and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 80 spring Chinook adults and 69 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 227 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park, and one fall Chinook adult and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Two hundred summer-run steelhead and three sockeye salmon were recycled downstream to the Interstate-5 boat launch.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,440 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 28. Water visibility is twelve feet.
Lewis River – Some steelhead are being reported caught at the mouth.
Wind River – Light effort with only a couple boats observed here last Sunday morning.
Drano Lake – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over a steelhead per rod though two-thirds of the fish were wild and had to be released. Effort is also increasing with 38 boats observed here last Sunday morning.
Klickitat River – Light effort on the lower river. River has been turbid.
Lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,901 salmonid anglers (including 236 boats) with 11 adult and 7 jack summer Chinook, 5 sockeye, and 681 steelhead.
4 (36%) of the adult Chinook, all the sockeye, and 318 (47%) of the steelhead were kept.
Bonneville Pool – Some steelhead are being caught. Last Sunday morning, 4 boats were counted off the Klickitat, 14 off the White Salmon, and 6 outside Drano Lake.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.
COLUMBIA RIVER STOCK STATUS
* The forecast for the 2014 fall Chinook adult return to the Columbia River totals 1,510,600 fish which would exceed last year’s return and be another record-breaking run. The forecast is 119% of the 2013 actual return (1,268,400) and 254% of the 2004-2013 average return (595,200).
* Bonneville Dam passage is expected to total over 1.1 million upriver fall Chinook adults. Passage is typically 50% complete by September 8.
Upriver Summer Steelhead
* The forecast for the combined Group A/B steelhead return to Bonneville Dam totals 272,400 fish, including 88,900 wild fish (33%). The Group A forecast is 85% and the Group B forecast is 62% of their respective 10-year averages.
* The 2014 coho forecast to the Columbia River is for a strong return of 638,300 adults, which includes 367,100 early stock and 271,200 late stock. The forecast is 156% of the 2004-2013 average of 409,800 fish.
* Bonneville Dam passage is expected to total 193,500 adult coho, which represents 70% of the total ocean abundance of Columbia River coho destined for areas above Bonneville Dam.
Lower Columbia mainstem from Navigation Marker 82 downstream – Boat anglers sampled from Woodland upstream averaged a legal released per rod.
Bonneville Pool – An estimated 910 (82.7%) of the 1,100 fish guideline was caught through July 20. Scheduled to be catch-and-release only through the end of the year.
The Dalles Pool – Light effort. Thursday July 31 is the last day for sturgeon retention through the end of the year.
Walleye and Bass
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers are catching some walleye in the Woodland area.
The Dalles Pool – The few boat anglers sampled did well on walleye and bass when including fish released.
Recent plants of catchable size trout (no report on angling success):
MINERAL LK (LEWI) Jul 23, 2014 Brown Trout 813 2.5 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
* RAINEY CR 26.0651 Jul 19, 2014 Rainbow 2,300 2.3 MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Salmon, Steelhead and Shad
Steelhead angling was fair to excellent on the lower Columbia this past weekend. Salmonid anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.63 summer steelhead and 0.13 summer Chinook caught per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.08 summer steelhead and 0.02 summer Chinook caught per angler. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 1.30 summer steelhead and 0.02 summer Chinook caught per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.22 summer steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per angler. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 1.6 summer steelhead caught per boat, while the bank anglers averaged 0.25 summer steelhead and 0.13 summer Chinook caught per angler. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.39 summer steelhead caught per boat.
Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 49 bank anglers.
Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook and 21 unclipped steelhead released for 16 boats (46 anglers).
Troutdale Bank: No report.
Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and six adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 23 boats (47 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped steelhead and one sockeye released for 46 bank anglers.
Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook and 40 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook, one unclipped jack Chinook and 33 unclipped steelhead released for 56 boats (137 anglers).
Estuary Bank (Astoria Bridge to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook released for 16 bank anglers.
Estuary Boats (Astoria Bridge to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed 13 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 10 boats (19 anglers).
Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed two adipose fin-clipped jack Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook released for 21 bank anglers.
The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for four boats (nine anglers).
John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): No report.
Lower Columbia River: Catch and release only. Weekend checking showed three legal and 21 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers).
Bonneville Pool: Catch and release only. No report.
The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).
John Day Pool: Catch and release only. No report.
Sturgeon creel sampling summaries and catch estimates for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day pools: WDFW Mid-Columbia River mainstem sport sampling summary<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/region5/>
Gorge: Weekend checking showed three walleye kept and three walleye released for three boats (seven anglers).
Troutdale: Weekend checking showed two walleye kept for three boats (six anglers).
Portland to Westport Boats: No report.
Bonneville Pool: No report.
The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed seven walleye kept, plus one walleye released for two boats (three anglers).
John Day Pool: No report.