THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED WITH WDFW AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSFMC
Fall salmon regulation changes scheduled to begin August 1:
With the forecasted reduced run size, anglers will be limited to two hatchery adult coho (was previously 6 fish) on all tributaries to the lower Columbia River. Those rivers include:
Mainstem Grays River, including West Fork
North Fork Toutle River
Green River (Cowlitz Co.)
Lewis River including North Fork
DUE TO THIS YEAR’S LOWER COLUMBIA COHO FORECAST, HATCHERY LIMITS HAVE BEEN REDUCED FROM SIX TO TWO ON A NUMBER OF SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON STREAMS. KURT SARKELA HOOKED THIS VERY NICE SILVER ON A POPULAR RIVER WHILE BACK-TROLLING A MAG LIP 3.5 WHILE FISHING WITH JASON RESSER. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)
In an effort to remove stray hatchery fish from the spawning grounds, for the first time ever hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho will be allowed to be retained during hatchery steelhead seasons on:
Lacamas Creek (Lewis Co.)
Salmon Creek (Lewis Co.)
Outlet Creek (Cowlitz Co.)
South Fork Toutle River
Blue Creek (Lewis Co.) from mouth to posted sign above rearing pond outlet
Mill Creek (Lewis Co.) from mouth to hatchery road crossing culvert
East Fork Lewis River from mouth to 400 feet downstream of Horseshoe Falls
Salmon Creek (Clark Co.) from mouth to 182 Ave.
Little Washougal River
West (North) Fork Washougal River
Lower Rock Creek (Skamania Co.) from mouth to falls
White Salmon River from county road bridge upstream to 400 feet below Big Brother Falls
In an effort to further reduce snagging, fish must be hooked inside the mouth when the anti-snagging rule is in effect on several additional lower Columbia River tributaries including:
Grays River from mouth to Hwy. 4 Bridge and West Fork
Grays River from Hwy. 4 Bridge to South Fork
Elochoman River from mouth to West Fork
White Salmon River from the mouth upstream to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse
Mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam
This would make the anti-snagging rule with the hooked inside the mouth restriction consistent in the Washington tributaries from the Grays River upstream to the Klickitat River.
Buoy 10 – The Buoy 10 fishery will begin on August 1 with a two fish of which one may be an Chinook daily limit through September 5 (Labor Day). Chinook retention on Sundays and Mondays during this timeframe will be limited to hatchery fish with an adipose fin clip. From September 6-30, Chinook retention is closed. From October 1 through December 31, the daily limit will be two adults. From August 1 through December 31, only one hatchery steelhead may be kept.
Catch (and release mortality) expectations total 48,500 Chinook and 22,700 Coho (including 2,460 unmarked mortalities).
Mainstem Columbia from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam – Will be open August 1 through December 31 but only one hatchery steelhead may be retained and Chinook retention seasons and daily limits vary by river section. The following describes the expected season and daily limits separated by area:
o From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Lewis River/Warrior Rock line, any Chinook retention is allowed August 1 through September 9 is followed by a Chinook Mark Selective Fishery (adipose fin clip only) from September 10 – 14. The daily limit for both fisheries is two adults of which only one may be a Chinook. The area will be closed for Chinook retention from September 15-30.
o From the Lewis River/Warrior Rock line upstream to Bonneville Dam, any Chinook retention allowed will be August 1 through December 31 with a two adult daily limit.
Harvest (including release mortality) expectations include 33,620 adult Chinook and 1,570 adult Coho.
Mainstem Columbia from Bonneville Dam to the Highway 395 Bridge in Pasco – Will begin be open August 1 with a two adult daily limit through December 31. Beginning September 1, only one hatchery steelhead may be kept from Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam and from McNary Dam upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge beginning November 1.
The total catch expectation is nearly 8,000 adult Chinook.
From Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington border – Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.
Cowlitz River – No creel sampling last week.
Wind River – Effort an catch is light at the mouth. 2 boat anglers had no catch.
Drano Lake – Effort is light but steelhead catch is good, especially for boat anglers averaging a fish per rod when including fish released. 7 bank anglers released 1 wild steelhead. 42 boat anglers kept 29 steelhead and released 16 fish.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,466 salmonid anglers (including 223 boats) with 56 adult and 9 jack summer Chinook, 192 steelhead, and 30 sockeye. Just 23 (41%) of the adult Chinook were kept. 101 (53%) of the steelhead and all of the sockeye were kept.
Lower Columbia mainstem from the marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 28 sturgeon anglers (including 6 boats) with 27 legals released. The majority of the fish were caught in the Kalama area.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 16 walleye anglers (12 boats) with 9 fish kept and 18 released. All the catch was sampled in the Camas/Washougal area.