THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA AND WDFW SOURCES AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC
During August 1-7, anglers on the lower Columbia made 5,151 trips and caught 164 adult Chinook and 741 summer steelhead (422 kept and 319 released).
ERIC GORMAN WITH A BUOY 10 CHINOOK TAKEN ABOVE THE ASTORIA BRIDGE WHILE TROLLING AN ANCHOVY IN COMBINATION WITH A FISH FLASH IN THE MIRACLE MAN FINISH. (BUZZ RAMSEY)
Salmon, Steelhead and Shad
On Saturday’s (8/6), 233 salmonid boats and 73 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 608 Oregon boats at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.50 Chinook and 0.03 coho caught per boat. In the gorge boat anglers averaged 0.67 fall Chinook and 0.33 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.15 fall Chinook and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.05 fall Chinook and 0.12 steelhead caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.02 fall Chinook and 0.11 steelhead caught per angler.
Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one fall Chinook adult, one fall Chinook jack and three steelhead kept, plus four steelhead released for 64 bank anglers.
Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed four fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and two steelhead kept for six boats (19 anglers).
Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed four fall Chinook adults kept, plus one fall Chinook jack and one steelhead released for 27 boats (59 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.
Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed three fall Chinook adults and five steelhead kept, plus three steelhead released for 65 boats (154 anglers).
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 126 fall Chinook adults and seven coho kept, plus 51 fall Chinook adults and four coho released for 355 boats (1,174 anglers).
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed one fall Chinook jack and one steelhead released for three bank anglers.
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and no catch for two boats.
Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed seven sublegals, 16 legals and one oversize sturgeon released for three boats (four anglers).
The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed two sublegal and one legal white sturgeon released for nine bank anglers.
Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 26 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for 18 boats (43 anglers).
Portland to Tongue Point: Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 28 walleye kept, plus 14 walleye released for 15 boats (26 anglers).
Cowlitz River – 51 boat anglers kept 47 steelhead. 42 bank anglers kept 14 steelhead and released 1 adult Chinook. Most of the catch is still from Mission Bar to the salmon hatchery though some steelhead are being caught by boat anglers near the mouth of the river.
Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 175 spring Chinook adults, 47 jacks, 34 mini-jacks, eight fall Chinook adults, five jacks, 958 summer-run steelhead, and six cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 51 spring Chinook adults, 19 spring Chinook jacks, and two fall Chinook adults into the Cispus River upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek near Randle, 113 spring Chinook adults, 20 spring Chinook jacks, one fall Chinook adult and one jack at Franklin Bridge in Packwood, and five fall Chinook adults, three jacks and three cutthroat trout into the Tilton River located at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
Since June 15, Tacoma Power employees have floy-tagged and recycled 2,803 summer-run steelhead to the I-5 bridge boat launch. A total of 802 (29%) of the recycled steelhead have either been reported as harvested or returned back to the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,470 cubic feet per second on Monday, Aug. 8. Visibility is at 13.5 feet.
Lewis River – 8 bank anglers had no catch.
Wind River – 2 bank anglers released 1 steelhead. 2 boat anglers had no catch.
Drano Lake – 9 bank anglers had no catch. 232 boat anglers kept 17 adult Chinook and 80 steelhead plus released 88 steelhead. Boaters using downriggers to troll lures are catching fall Chinook while those anchored and using bobbers and dyed prawns are catching steelhead.
Despite being breezy, 43 boats were counted here last Sunday morning.
Buoy 10 – Both Washington and Oregon report a Chinook kept per every 10 rods last week. A few coho are also appearing in the catch.
Washington daily sampling summaries can be found@ http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/creel/buoy10/. For Oregon summaries, see http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/OSCRP/CRM/sport_fishery_updates.asp.
Boat anglers should be aware of Oregon’s sport fishing closure at the mouth of Young’s Bay that runs through September 15. The Young’s Bay Control Zone includes waters from the Highway 101 Bridge crossing Young’s Bay northerly to a line originating on the Oregon shore at the east end of the seawall at the Warrenton Fiber log yard (approximately river mile 10.1) northeasterly through green navigation buoys 29, 31, 33, and 35A to the center of the Astoria-Megler Bridge abutment adjacent to, and north of the ship channel, and continuing southerly in line with the center of the Megler Bridge span to the Oregon shore. See below and attached.
THE PORT OF ASTORIA OFFICIAL FISH-CLEANING ZONE.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Like Buoy 10, fishing for fall Chinook was slow and steelhead angling was only fair. Last week we sampled 1,405 salmonid anglers (including 245 boats) with 30 adult and 4 jack fall Chinook, 151 steelhead but no coho. All of the adult Chinook and 83 (55%) of the steelhead were kept.
Bonneville Pool – 4 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead and released 2 fish.
Effort was light with only a single boat counted outside Drano and 1 off the White Salmon River last Sunday morning
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 15 sturgeon anglers (7 boats) with 33 legals released. Fish were caught from Vancouver downstream to Longview.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 31 walleye anglers (16 boats) with 15 fish kept and 9 released. Almost all of the anglers and all of the catch were sampled from the Camas/Washougal area.
Tacoma Power released 4,000 rainbow trout into Mayfield Lake. This week they will release another 4,000 rainbow trout into the lake. No report on angling success.
By the end of this month, an estimated 72,000 catchable size rainbows will have been released into Mayfield Lake this year.
Lewis River reservoirs – Notice – Updated August 4, 2016: Designated swimming areas at Swift Forest Campground, Cougar, Beaver Bay, Yale and Saddle Dam Parks are all closed due to low water. The boat launch at Cougar Park is also closed due to low water, however, kayaks can be easily portaged for launch. All other boat launches are available for use.