THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC, AND INCLUDES REPORTS FROM TANNA TAKATA, ODFW
The new Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet and numerous regulations for the Washington lower Columbia tributaries go into effect beginning July 1. Some highlights include:
* All streams not listed are closed to all fishing;
* All streams open to fishing are listed geographically, not alphabetically in the Columbia River Basin section;
* Selective gear rules are in effect on several smaller streams that remain open to fishing;
* Mandatory hatchery steelhead retention rules are in effect on several larger streams but anglers may keep up to 3 fish;
* On a few streams, only hatchery trout may be retained to harvest residual steelhead smolts or mature sea run cutthroats;
* On some streams, only hatchery trout may be retained – no other gamefish;
* During the month of July, barbed hooks allowed on the Elochoman, lower Cowlitz, South Fork Toutle and Green rivers;
* Only adipose clipped trout may be retained at Swift Reservoir;
* North Fork Lewis is now listed as just the Lewis River.
Cowlitz River – 7 boat anglers sampled at the trout hatchery ramp kept 3 summer run steelhead.
During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered: 732 spring Chinook salmon, 98 jacks, 39 maxi-jacks, 120 summer steelhead and two cutthroat trout.
During the past week Tacoma Power employees released: 510 spring Chinook and 92 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and one cutthroat trout in the Tilton River.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,100 cubic feet per second on Monday, June 22.
Wind River and Drano Lake – June 30 is the last day to fish for spring chinook above Shipherd Falls. It is also the last day for the 3 adult Chinook daily limit on the Wind and at Drano Lake as well as the last day for two-poles and boat limits. Drano Lake will be open 7 days per week beginning July 1 and the bank only area near the mouth will be open for boats.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – During the first six days of the summer Chinook and sockeye season, we sampled 1,210 salmonid anglers (including 225 boats) with 137 adult and 5 jack summer Chinook, 51 steelhead and 15 sockeye. 82 (60%) of the adult Chinook, 40 (78%) of the steelhead, and 13 (87%) of the sockeye were kept (though it was legal to keep marked or unmarked sockeye).
During June 16-21, anglers on the lower Columbia made 9,221 trips and caught 1,249 adult summer Chinook (716 kept and 533 released), 317 summer steelhead (255 kept and 62 released), and 85 sockeye (76 kept and nine released). See attached file for additional details.
Bonneville and The Dalles pools -Light effort and no catch was observed.
Hatchery summer run steelhead returns to Washington lower Columbia hatcheries are off to a similar start as last year. Through early June:
River 2014 2015
Cowlitz 210 264
Kalama 53 103
Lewis 324 200
Washougal 398 354
Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 14 sturgeon boat anglers (5 boats) from Vancouver to Longview with 20 legals released.
Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged a legal kept per every 4.6 rods during last week’s Friday-Sunday retention fishery. Bank anglers were also catching some legals.
Overall, 145 legal sturgeon were sampled; however, this is not the actual total catch estimate which is unavailable at this time. Before last week, a balance of 945 sturgeon remained for the summer retention season. Sturgeon retention is scheduled to be allowed again from June 26-28 and July 3-5.
Walleye and Bass
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches were light for walleye.
Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged just over 2.5 bass per rod while bank anglers averaged almost 1.5 fish per rod. No walleye anglers were sampled.
The Dalles Pool – The few boat anglers sampled averaged over 7 walleye kept or released per rod.
Salmon, Steelhead and Shad
On the lower Columbia this past weekend, salmonid angling was fair and shad angling success declined. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.35 summer Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.16 summer Chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.15 summer Chinook, 0.05 steelhead and 0.03 sockeye caught per boat. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 0.10 summer Chinook and 0.30 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge this past week averaged 0.12 summer Chinook, while anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 summer Chinook and 0.02 steelhead caught per angler. On Saturday’s (6/20) flight, 539 salmonid boats and 174 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.
Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult summer Chinook released for 58 salmonid anglers; and 577 shad kept for 132 shad anglers.
Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook, and two adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult summer Chinook released for 26 boats (76 anglers); and 32 shad kept for five boats (17 anglers).
Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook kept, plus two unclipped adult summer Chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 49 boats (114 anglers); and no catch for one shad boat (two anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed four adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook and three adipose fin-clipped jack summer Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult summer Chinook and three unclipped steelhead released for 155 bank anglers.
Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook, two adipose fin-clipped steelhead and one sockeye kept for 39 boats (97 anglers); and no shad for one boat (two anglers).
Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult summer Chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 10 bank anglers.
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed no catch for three boats (three anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 20 bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (two anglers).
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.
Gorge Boats (below Marker 82): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed four legal white sturgeon and 15 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (seven anglers).
Troutdale Boats: Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon and one sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed two legal white sturgeon and two sublegal sturgeon released for one bank angler.
Portland to Westport Boats: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon, one oversize and 34 sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (eight anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): Weekend checking showed six legal white sturgeon kept, plus 130 sublegal sturgeon released for 175 bank anglers; and 139 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 10 legal, 51 oversize and 1,665 sublegal sturgeon released for 220 boats (645 anglers).
The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam): Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.
John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.
Troutdale: Weekly checking showed 26 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for five boats (10 anglers).