THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC, AND INCLUDES REPORTS FROM PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW, AND TANNA TAKATA AND JIMMY WATTS, ODFW
Last weekend on the lower Columbia, anglers made 6,258 trips and caught 1,099 adult spring Chinook (773 kept and 326 released), 70 summer steelhead (64 kept and 6 released) and three sockeye (released). Based on VSI sampling, upriver spring Chinook comprised 75% of the kept catch.
Through May 17, there have been 118,720 angler trips with 16,483 Chinook kept and 3,102 released. 12,744 (77%) of the Chinook kept were upriver origin based upon Visual Stock Identification (VSI).
Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching some adult and jack spring Chinook from the lower river where the sampling took place.
Blue Creek from mouth to posted sign above rearing pond outlet – Effect June 1, the trout daily limit is 5 fish. Up to
2 fish over 20 inches may be retained. Release wild cutthroats. Night closure and anti-snagging rules will be in effect.
Open to all anglers.
East Fork Lewis River from the mouth to 400 feet below Horseshoe Falls (except closures around various falls) and
the Washougal River from the mouth to Salmon Falls Bridge – Under permanent rules these areas will be open to
fishing with bait for hatchery steelhead beginning the first Saturday in June.
Kalama River from Summers Creek upstream to 6420 Road (about 1 mile above gate at end of county road bridge)
- Effective the first Saturday in June, up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Fly fishing only.
North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) upstream to
overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam – Through May 31 CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. On June 1st this section will
reopen to hatchery steelhead but remain closed for Chinook.
Wind River – Boat anglers at the mouth are still catching some spring Chinook. Effort is waning with just 17 boats last Sunday.
Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some spring Chinook. Effort is also waning here with just 15 boats counted last Sunday.
Klickitat River – Bank anglers below Fisher Hill Bridge are catching some spring Chinook.
Yakima River – 6,798 adult spring chinook have passed the Prosser Diversion through May 14. Flows in the Yakima River increased to over 3,000cfs this week but are beginning to recede. WDFW staff interviewed 47 anglers fishing for salmon in the lower Yakima River during the past week (May 11-17). Anglers reported releasing one wild adult chinook. An estimated 49 adult chinook (25 hatchery & 24 wild) have been caught in the fishery through May 17. The fishery in the lower Yakima River will remain open through June 15.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last weekend we sampled 568 salmonid anglers (including 136 boats) with 73 adult and 11 jack spring Chinook and 5 steelhead. 51 (70%) of the adult Chinook were kept. We sampled 39 (76%) of the adult Chinook kept. 36 (92%) of the adult Chinook were upriver origin based on VSI.
4 (80%) of the steelhead were kept.
Effort was still fairly heavy last weekend with 555 boats and 821 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s flight.
Bonneville Dam passage through May 18 totals 187,360 adult Chinook. The U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met today to review the status of the upriver spring Chinook run and did not change the previous in-season run update of 250,000 adult fish to the Columbia River. TAC expects the Bonneville Dam count to total approximately 235,000 adults.
TODAY’S FACTOID: In the Treaty Indian commercial fishery above Bonneville Dam, sea lion predation in the Bonneville Pool appear to have impacted catch rates.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Kalama to Longview area were releasing some legals.
John Day Pool – Bank and boat anglers are catching some legals. Through April, an estimated 193 (38.6%) of the 500 fish guideline had been taken.
Walleye, Bass, and Catfish
Yakima River – Staff interviewed 83 anglers fishing for smallmouth bass and channel catfish that reported 45 smallmouth bass and 15 channel catfish caught.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Pretty good for walleye for the couple boat anglers sampled in the Woodland area.
The Dalles Pool – The few boat anglers sampled averaged nearly 3 walleye kept per rod.
John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 4 walleye and 9 bass per rod.
Salmonid angling was fair to good on the lower Columbia last weekend. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.75 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.25 spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.39 spring Chinook, 0.03 steelhead and 0.02 sockeye caught per boat.
Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.29 spring Chinook caught per bank rod, while bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.06 spring Chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per bank angler. On Saturday’s (5/16) flight, 555 salmonid boats and 305 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.
Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and 10 adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus five unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 42 salmonid anglers; and 47 shad kept for 38 shad anglers.
Gorge Boats (Below Beacon Rock): Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus four unclipped adult spring Chinook released for eight boats (21 anglers).
Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook kept, plus 11 unclipped adult spring Chinook released for 68 boats (147 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 105 bank anglers.
Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed 21 adipose fin-clipped adult spring Chinook, 10 adipose fin-clipped jack spring Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus eight unclipped adult spring Chinook, one unclipped jack spring Chinook and one sockeye released for 75 boats (179 anglers).
Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).
Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): No report.
The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam): No report.
John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): No report.
Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam):Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. Weekend checking showed 28 legal, one oversize, and 21 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (six anglers) fishing the Portland to Westport area.
Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.
The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam): Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.
John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize released for 13 bank anglers; and three legal white sturgeon kept, plus five legal, three oversize and 23 sublegal sturgeon released for 17 boats (40 anglers).
Bonneville Pool: No report.
The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 19 walleye kept for three boats (seven anglers).
John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed 190 walleye kept, plus 37 walleye released for 29 boats (54 anglers).