THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS ARE FROM JOE HYMER, PSMFC, AND TANNA TAKATA, ODFW
Cowlitz River – 78 boat anglers with 53 summer run steelhead kept and 1 released. 35 bank anglers with 12 adult spring Chinook and 1 summer run steelhead kept and 1 adult spring Chinook released. All the salmon were sampled at the barrier dam; most of the steelhead at the trout hatchery.
Last week Tacoma Power recovered 906 spring Chinook adults, 108 jacks, 186 mini-jacks, 858 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator. During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 383 spring Chinook adults and 64 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 434 spring Chinook adults and 24 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 180 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. Also, 201 summer-run steelhead and the two sockeye salmon were recycled downstream to the Interstate-5 boat launch.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,280 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 14. Water visibility is twelve feet.
Drano Lake – 4 boat anglers kept 5 summer run steelhead and released 4 wild fish. Light effort during the weekdays; <10 boats reported last Saturday.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,542 salmonid anglers (including 226 boats) with 36 adult and 9 jack summer Chinook, 20 sockeye, and 421 steelhead.
13 (36%) of the adult Chinook, 19 (95%) of the sockeye, and 183 (43%) of the steelhead were kept.
SPENCER RHODES REPORTS GOOD FISHING FOR LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER SUMMER KINGS LAST WEEKEND WHILE OUT WITH GUIDE KEVIN DUNCAN AND FRIEND RON SCRIBNER. THEY WERE SITTING ON ANCHOR AND PLUNKING WRAPPED K-15S IN DOUBLE TROUBLE, AND HOOKED NUMEROUS CHINOOK FROM 4-POUND JACKS TO ESTIMATED 30-PLUS-POUND WILD KINGS. (WRIGHT & McGILL/EAGLE CLAW PHOTO CONTEST)
Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead at the mouth of the tributaries. 5 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead and released 8 wild fish. There were 3 boats off the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers and 4 off Drano Lake last Sunday morning.
The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch.
Lower Columbia mainstem from Marker 82 line downstream – Anglers are catch and releasing some legals in the Kalama area.
Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a legal per every 4.2 rods while bank anglers averaged one per every 7 rods.
An estimated 197 legals were caught during July 11-12. Through July 12, an estimated 829 (75.4%) of the 1,100 fish guideline had been taken.
Retention will be allowed again July 18-19. White sturgeon between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length may be retained. Daily limit 1 fish. Catch-and-release fishing allowed on non-retention days.
Angling for sturgeon is prohibited through July 31 between The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.
The Dalles Dam to John Day Dam including adjoining tributaries – Through July 31, the daily limit is 1 fish, min. size 43″ fork length and max. 54″ fork length. Existing sturgeon spawning sanctuary below John Day Dam is in effect through July.
Walleye and Bass
Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged 1.5 bass kept per rod. No effort was observed for walleye.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged 2.5 bass per rod when including fish released. Effort and catch for walleye were light.
Salmon, Steelhead and Shad
Angling for summer Chinook is slow on the lower Columbia, but angling for summer steelhead is good. Salmonid anglers in the gorge averaged 0.95 summer steelhead and 0.41 summer Chinook per boat; and bank anglers averaged 0.21 summer steelhead and 0.08 summer Chinook caught per angler. In the estuary, boat anglers averaged 2.6 summer steelhead and 0.18 summer Chinook per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.30 summer steelhead per angler. Anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.13 summer steelhead and 0.04 summer Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.32 summer steehead and 0.03 summer Chinook per boat, and bank anglers averaged 0.11 summer steelhead and 0.04 summer Chinook per angler.
Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook, one sockeye and two adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus two unclipped adult Chinook and six unclipped summer steelhead released for 24 bank anglers.
Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and two sockeye kept, plus nine unclipped adult Chinook, two sockeye and 16 unclipped steelhead released for 22 boats (62 anglers).
Troutdale Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.
Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus three unclipped steelhead released for 23 boats (46 anglers).
Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus two unclipped steelhead released for 28 bank anglers.
Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed five adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and five unclipped steelhead released for 31 boats (61 anglers).
Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead kept and two unclipped summer steelhead released for 10 bank anglers.
Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed 16 adipose fin-clipped summer steelhead and one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept, plus one unclipped adult Chinook and 13 unclipped steelhead released for 11 boats (23 anglers).
Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped adult Chinook kept for nine bank anglers and no catch for five boats (16 anglers).
The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.
John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): No report.
Lower Columbia River: Catch and release only; no report.
Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 49 sublegal sturgeon released for 22 bank anglers; and 33 legal white sturgeon kept, plus two legal, 13 oversize and 618 sublegal sturgeon released for 27 boats (148 anglers).
The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal and 34 sublegal sturgeon released for three boats (six 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/>
Troutdale: No report
Bonneville Pool: No report.
The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye released for one boat (two anglers).
John Day Pool: No report.