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Junction City Pond Youth Derby This Weekend

(OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)

Young people interested in catching a fish will find a great opportunity April 17, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Junction City Pond.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will stock more than 3,000 rainbow trout for the Junction City Moose Lodge’s annual youth fishing derby. The trout are provided for the event as part of the Department’s Youth Angling Enhancement Program. The trout come from ODFW’s Willamette Hatchery in Oakridge.

Rods, reels and bait will be available to those young anglers who do not have their own fishing equipment.

Anglers under the age of 14 can fish for free. A juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years of age.

To ensure enough fish will be available for the event, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would like to ask the general public to refrain from fishing the pond before Saturday’s event.

Junction City Pond is an 8-acre pond located about two miles south of Junction City on Highway 99W on the west side of the highway.

WDFW Announces Snake Springer Rules

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE RULE CHANGE NOTICE)

Action:   Expands the area open for spring/summer chinook fishing on the Snake River and increases the daily limits.

TRI-CITIES SALMON ANGLERS GOT THE NEWS THEY'LL BE ABLE TO CHASE SPRINGERS AGAIN IN JUST A WEEK ON AREA WATERS. THIS CREW, CLIENTS OF GUIDE DAN SULLIVAN OF RIVERS WEST FISHING, DID WELL LAST SEASON ON THE COLUMBIA FISHING EGGS MOJOED IN PAUTZKE'S FIRE CURE. (RIVERS WEST FISHING)

Species affected:   Spring chinook

Locations:

A) Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary approximately 400 feet below Ice Harbor Dam.

B) From Railroad Bridge, about 0.5 miles downstream of the Tucannon River mouth, up about 9 miles to the Corps of Engineers boat launch (approximately 1 mile upstream of Little Goose Dam along the south shore). This zone includes the area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility).

C) From Casey Creek upstream about 6 miles to the fishery restriction area below Lower Granite Dam.

D) From Blyton Landing Boat Launch along the Snake River Road in Whitman County (about 12 miles upstream of Lower Granite Dam) upstream about 19 miles to the boat dock behind the Quality Inn in Clarkston. (The boundary line is from the white sign for Hells Canyon Tours approximately 100 ft upstream of the boat dock that has the small green roofed shed on the south shore) across to the culvert with tanks and trailers on the north shore.

Dates: April 20, 2010 through June 30, 2010 below Ice Harbor Dam (Area A);
April 24, 2010 through June 30, 2010 for areas B, C and D.

Reason for action: The predicted return of 470,000 upriver spring chinook allows for expanded fishing opportunities in the Snake River within Washington.  Expectations are for nearly 200,000 hatchery chinook to return to the Snake River.

Other Information: Only adipose-clipped spring chinook adults or jacks can be retained in these fisheries.   The minimum size of any retained chinook is 12 inches.  Jacks are less than 24 inches long.  The adipose fin-clipped fish must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin.  Fishing must cease as soon as the adult chinook daily limit is retained.  All chinook with the adipose fin intact, and all steelhead, must be immediately released unharmed.  chinook harvest or retention is limited to 2 adults and 4 jacks per day.

EXCEPTION: The area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility, which includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility.  The daily bag limit for this limited area is one jack and one adult, but an angler must cease fishing when the 1 adipose-clipped adult is retained.

In addition: The following rules will be in effect for anglers fishing for all species in these areas of the Snake River during the salmon fishery:  Barbless hooks only, night closure in effect, and it shall be unlawful to use any hook larger than 5/8 inch (point of hook to shank).  Anglers cannot remove any chinook or steelhead from the water unless it is retained as part of the daily bag limit.  Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2009/2010 Fishing in Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet (in effect through April 30, 2010), and the new 2010-2011 sport fishing rules pamphlet (in effect May 1, 2010) for other regulations, including safety closures, etc.  Angler catch rates will be monitored closely and Snake River salmon fisheries may be closed prior to June 30 based upon conservation needs.

Information contact:   John Whalen (509) 892-7861

Weekend Clam Dig A Go!

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today finalized a razor-clam dig for this weekend at three Washington beaches. The openings are all on morning low tides. They are:

* Friday, April 16, (8:32 A.M., -0.7) Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
* Saturday, April 17, (9:12 A.M., -0.7) Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch only
* Sunday, April 18, (9:56 A.M., -0.6) Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Kalaloch only

No digging will be allowed after noon at any of the beaches. Under WDFW rules, harvesters may take no more than 15 razor clams and must keep the first 15 taken, regardless of size or condition. Each digger’s limit must be kept in a separate container.

All diggers 15 years or older must have an applicable 2010-11 fishing license to dig razor clams on any beach.  Anglers can buy a combination license or an annual shellfish/seaweed license. Also available are razor-clam only licenses in annual or three-day only versions. Descriptions of the various licensing options are available on the WDFW website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov .

Licenses can be purchased on-line or at any of the approximately 600 vendors who sell recreational licenses. A list of vendors is at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors .

Dan Ayres, WDFW’s coastal shellfish manager, reminds diggers that portions of the beach at Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to the public to protect nesting western snowy plovers, which are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

The closed portion at each beach includes the area above the mean high tide line. At Long Beach, the closed areas are located north of the Oysterville Road from the state park boundary north to Leadbetter Point. At Twin Harbors, the closed areas are located from just south of Midway Beach Road to the first beach-access trail at Grayland Beach State Park. Clam diggers are reminded that the entire northern section of Long Beach is closed to all driving starting at noon each day during this razor clam opener.

“Signs clearly mark the area and instruct people to stay on the hard-packed sand,” Ayres said.

Prospective clammers who live north of Lacey should be warned that overnight and weekend repairs to Interstate 5 will make it considerably more difficult to get to and from Washington’s coast. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) announced that repairs to the highway between Lacey and Tacoma will close north and soundbound lanes between now and September, resulting in traffic backups that could stretch for miles.

WDFW also has tentatively scheduled a dig for the following dates and beaches. A final decision on the dig will be based on the results of tests for toxins to determine if the clams are safe to eat.

* Tuesday April 27, 6:21 a.m., -1.0: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
* Wednesday, April 28, 7:06 a.m., -1.4: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
* Thursday, April 29, 7:50 a.m., -1.6: Long Beach and Twin Harbors only
* Friday, April 30, 8:32 a.m., -1.5: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks
* Saturday May 1, 9:15 a.m., -1.0 : Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch
* Sunday, May 2, 9:58 a.m., -0.7: Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis, Mocrocks and Kalaloch

The National Park Service scheduled the dig at Kalaloch Beach, which is located within the Olympic National Park, to coincide with those at other coastal beaches.

SW WA Fishing Report

(COURTESY JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching winter run steelhead and spring chinook.

Kalama River – No report on angling success.  The first couple of summer run steelhead of the season returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery last week.

Lewis River – Some spring chinook are being caught at the mouth.  The first 25 spring chinook and 5 summer run steelhead of the season returned to the Merwin Dam trap last week.

East Fork Lewis from mouth to top boat ramp at Lewisville Park and Washougal River from mouth to Mt. Norway Bridge – Opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead Friday April 16. Selective gear rules will be in effect; no bait may be used.

Wind River – A few anglers are starting to appear with a half dozen boats last Saturday and 10 on Sunday.  No catch was observed.

Drano Lake – Effort is increasing with half dozen boats last Saturday and around 20 on Sunday.  A few spring chinook were reportedly caught.

The lake will be closed to all fishing on Wednesdays beginning this week through May.  Effective April 16, bank fishing only west of a line projected from the eastern most pillar of the Highway 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore.

Klickitat River – Some newly arriving summer run steelhead are being caught by bank anglers from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream.

Lower Columbia from Buoy 10 to the I-5 Bridge – Last week we sampled 3,283 boat anglers (1,405 boats) with 1,130 adult and 1 jack chinook and 1 steelhead.  In addition, we sampled 439 bank anglers with 26 adult chinook and 2 steelhead.  91% the adult chinook were caught from Section 4 (Warrior Rock) upstream to the I-5 Bridge.

Overall, 87% of the adult Chinook caught were kept.  Of the 931 adult chinook kept that we sampled, 91% were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

On Saturday April 10, a total of 2,314 boats and 689 bank anglers were counted during the flight.  1,516 (66%) of the boats and 397 (58%) of the bank anglers were counted from Warrior Rock to the I-5 Bridge.

The Joint Staff will review recreational catches through April 11 early this week and will provide another update at that time.  Stay tuned!

Bonneville Pool – Bank anglers just outside Drano Lake are catching some spring chinook.

The Dalles Pool – Effort and catch of spring chinook are increasing.

John Day Pool – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFE District 4 Fish Biologist – For the week of April 4 through April 11, there were an estimated 24 boat trips and 122 bank anglers fishing for spring chinook in the John Day Pool (Lake Umatilla). WDFW staff interviewed 20 boats and 34 bank anglers. The majority of the boats were fishing for walleye or sturgeon and the bank anglers were primarily fishing for chinook. No catch was reported for salmon.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia below Bonneville DamExcept for the gorge, effort and catch remains light.  A total of 61 boats and 140 bank anglers were counted during last Saturday’s flight.  However, 113 of the bank anglers were counted at Rooster Rock.   

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals; slow from the bank.  Through March, an estimated 154 (51%) of the 300 fish guideline had been taken.

WALLEYE AND BASS

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged over a walleye per every other rod.  In addition, some bass were caught.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some walleye.

TROUT

Year round lakes planted with catchable size rainbows up to one-half pound each last week were:

South Lewis County Park Pond near Toledo – 3,042 fish

Lake Sacajawea in Longview – 3,016 fish

Kress Lake in Kalama – 2,067 fish

Lacamas Lake in Camas – 3,500 fish

Commission Tweaks Permit Hunt Process, Antlerless Tag Levels

(WASHINGTON FISH & WILDLIFE COMMISSION PRESS RELEASE)

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission set this year’s general hunting seasons and special-hunt permit drawings during a public meeting here April 9-10.

The nine-member citizen commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), also approved several land transactions and heard public comments on proposed new rules designed to address property damage and other conflicts between landowners and wildlife.

New hunting rules approved by the commission reflect changes in game populations since the current three-year plan was adopted last year.  They include:

* Reducing antlerless elk hunting in the Yakima area.
* Reducing antlerless deer hunting in northeast Washington and the Olympic Peninsula.
* Providing additional permits for spring black bear hunting and delaying start dates for fall black bear hunting in some areas.
* Increasing permit hunting for cougar in southeast Washington.
* Changing the fall turkey hunt in southeast Washington from a limited permit-only hunt to a general hunt.

Along with the new hunting rules, the commission also approved a new application system for special-hunt permits that will give hunters more options by allowing them to apply for deer and elk permits in several different categories.  The system applies “points” accrued by unsuccessful permit applicants from previous years to each of the new permit categories.

Another change allows hunters who use archery or muzzleloader equipment to carry hand guns for personal protection.

The amended hunting rules, which take effect May 1, will be included in WDFW’s new Big-Game Hunting pamphlet, which will be available by late April at license dealers, WDFW offices, and online at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regs_seasons.html .

On another matter, the commission approved an easement on 16.5 acres of WDFW’s Chelan Wildlife Area for a Chelan County Public Utility District (PUD) electrical power transmission line. The PUD will pay WDFW $6,748 as compensation for the easement, plus an annual mitigation payment of $4,217 for wildlife habitat impacts.

The commission also approved the acquisition of:

* 29 acres in Pierce County as a new site for WDFW’s Voight Creek Fish Hatchery, supported by $440,000 from a state legislative capital budget appropriation.
* Almost 150 acres of tidelands and uplands in Mason County for salmon, shorebird and waterfowl habitat as part of WDFW’s South Puget Sound Wildlife Area. Those lands will be secured with $197,000 from federal wetlands grants and state wildlife grants.

The commission also received public comments on new rules proposed to address property damage and other conflicts between landowners and wildlife. As directed by the 2009 Washington Legislature (SHB 1778), the proposal includes specific requirements for both lethal and non-lethal control, and identifies new sources of technical assistance for property owners. Claims for crop damage would be paid only after an assessment by a professional crop insurance adjustor.

The commission, which originally heard public comments the proposed “wildlife interactions” rules at a March 12-13 meeting in Olympia, will be briefed by WDFW staff on adjustments to the proposal during a May 7 conference call.

The commission directed staff to make additional landowner outreach efforts regarding the proposal before final action is taken at a June 4-5 public meeting in Spokane.  The proposed Wildlife Interaction Rules are posted on the commission’s website at http://bit.ly/db1aCT .

NWS Writer Finds Hot Springer Bite

Man, why weren’t we fishing this far below the Interstate when I went out with you earlier this month, Andy Schneider!?!?

Oh, yeah, that’s right, the Willamette was kind of pukey.

The Columbia has since reprised itself for the Northwest Sportsman contributor. He and his crews found pretty good — though very crowded — fishing over the weekend off Vancouver’s west side.

Here’s his story:

Since finding a couple of weeks off this summer proved to be impossible for me this year, I decided to take two weeks off in the peak of Springer Season.  It was tough to wait until my weekend arrived, especially with good reports coming from the Columbia all week, but my vacation arrived and I started out bright and early Friday with a Soldier just out of Basic, his Dad John LeCarno and my good Friend Tom VanderPlaat.  Within the 1st 100 yards of our 1st Pass Tom hooks up with his 2nd Springer of 2010.  Then it’s the Soldier’s turn and Joel lands his 1st Springer of 2010 in a light rain before heading back to a dry and warm Southern California.

CREEPING ALONG CATERPILLAR ISLAND, MISSY SCHNEIDER LANDED THIS SPRINGER. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

Saturday arrived and I had the pleasure of fishing with my Wife and son and 2 friends for work Mike Fung and Shawn Seals.  After fishing Friday and finding everyone in the Portland Metro area that owned a boat on the water, I figured it couldn’t get anymore crowded for Saturday, so off we headed to the river….at 4am…..again!  But I was wrong there were more boats than ever!  Oh well, it was a sight to see, even if fishing proved to be poor (which it didn’t).

DAD HELPS SON AYDEN HEFT HIS SATURDAY SPRINGER. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

On our 1st pass Missy hooks up and hopes were high. On our way to the top of the run, I attempted to count boats….I quickly lost count just after 100, but I estimated right around a thousand boats in the lower run we were making (Caterpillar Island to Frenchman’s Bar).  On our second pass Mike Fung and Shawn Seals hook up with nice Springers and on our 3rd and last run of the day, my Son Ayden and I found our fish.  5 fish with 5 bites, all before noon, catching can’t get too much better; even in such crowded conditions.  Green Label Herring, Plug Cut and spinning 20-inches off the bottom did the trick for all 5 fish.

Now off to actually start my fishing vacation….

THE FLEET OFF VANCOUVER. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

What’s Fishin’ In Oregon

Trout from the coast to the Snake, California to Washington highlight the weekend recreation opportunities in Oregon.

But Chinook are also available in the Beaver State’s northwest and southwest corners, plus bottomfish and shellfish.

Here are highlights from ODFW’s weekly Recreation Report:

SOUTHWEST ZONE

  • Trout fishing has been excellent on Powers Pond and Butterfield Lake with anglers landing a combination of newly stocked trout and larger holdovers from last fall.
  • Lost Creek Reservoir will be stocked with 10,000 legal-sized trout this week.
  • On the lower Rogue River, winter steelhead fishing overshadowed chinook fishing thanks to a nice push of steelhead over the weekend. However, look for chinook fishing to improve this week as water levels drop and water temperatures rise.

WILLAMETTE ZONE

  • Spring chinook are now being taken on the Willamette River and in the Multnomah Channel.
  • Winter steelhead fishing is good in the Clackamas and Sandy rivers and Eagle Creek. Steelhead are spread throughout both systems and some good catches have been reported.
  • A youth angling event will be held from 9:30-1 p.m. at Cottage Grove Pond east of Cottage Grove on Saturday, April 10. All necessary equipment will be provided at this free event and volunteers will be available to assist young anglers. Call the Springfield ODFW office for more information at 541-726-3515.
  • A youth angling event will be held from 9-2 p.m. at St. Louis Ponds north of Salem, with all necessary equipment provided and volunteers on hand to assist young anglers. Call the Clackamas ODFW office for more information at 971-673-6034.
  • Henry Hagg Lake will be stocked this week with 12,000 legal-sized rainbow trout.

SOUTHEAST ZONE

  • Trout fishing on the Blitzen River has been good and should remain so until flows and turbidity increase during spring runoff.
  • Several area lakes and ponds have been stocked with legal-sized trout including upper Cow Lake, Haines Pond and Hwy 203 Pond.

NORTHEAST ZONE

  • Several area lakes and ponds are being stocked with legal-sized rainbow trout as well as some surplus steelhead. Check out Peach, Weston and Seventh Street ponds.
  • Anglers are reminded that steelhead season closes on northeast Oregon Rivers April 15 (except the Snake River which is open through April 30).

COLUMBIA ZONE

  • Spring chinook fishing was good last week above St. Helens. Angling should be excellent downstream of there when the water clears.
  • A few legal-sized sturgeon are being caught by boat and bank anglers in the gorge as well as in the Portland to Longview area.
  • Walleye angling is excellent in The Dalles Pool.

MARINE ZONE

  • This month ODFW started its seasonal surveys of ocean fishers. Currently ODFW surveys Garibaldi, Depoe Bay, Newport, Charleston and Brookings. Although the ocean has been very rough during most of April, some anglers were able to get out. The survey showed most of effort coming out of Depoe Bay and Newport where fishers reported catches of between two and three rockfish and less than one ling cod per angler. The best catches of crab were out of Brookings with more than five per angler and the worst was Newport with one crab per angler.
  • A morning minus tide series begins April 14 and continues through April 20 providing opportunity for clam diggers. Razor clam diggers should watch for days when the marine forecast calls for combined swell and wind waves of less than eight feet.
  • The entire Oregon coast is now open to recreational and commercial clam harvesting.
  • Mussel harvesting is open on the entire Oregon coast, from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border. The consumption of whole, recreationally-harvested scallops is not recommended. However, coastal scallops are not affected by toxins when only the adductor muscle is eaten.

First Of 12 WA Kids ‘Fish In’ Events This Weekend

(WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH & WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)

Five dollars doesn’t buy much these days, but at 12 Washington ponds and lakes this spring it will purchase an introduction to what may become a lifetime love affair with sport fishing.

Kids’ Fish-In events begin Saturday, April 10 at Klineline Pond in Vancouver, WA and will continue throughout the state through June 12. The events are open to youth 5 years to 14 years of age. Registration is required, and events fill up quickly, so it’s important to register as early as possible.

For $5, kids get their own rod and reel, about an hour of fishing, a tee-shirt, hopefully a fish or two and, perhaps best of all, someone willing to clean the fish for them. Because these events are for youth 14 and under, participants do not need a fishing license.

All 12 events, sponsored by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, are conducted by the Go Play Outside Alliance of Washington (GoPaw). The annual fishing events will be held this year in Vancouver, Lacey, Kennewick, Spokane, Everett, Yakima, Lakewood, Seattle, Longview, Leavenworth, Moses Lake and Colfax.

A schedule of events and locations is available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/kids/events.html . Through that website you can also link to registration forms, instructions and driving directions on GoPaw’s website.

Each event is co-sponsored by a variety of local businesses and civic and sport fishing organizations. Lakes in the youth fishing program are stocked with thousands of catchable-size fish prior to the day of fishing. Klineline Pond, where as many as 1,500 youth are expected to show up on Saturday, will be stocked with approximately 11,000 additional fish, some weighing as much as 10 lbs.

Anglers who fish these waters regularly should know that many of the lakes and ponds will be closed to fishing one or two days prior to the event, while the lake is being stocked, and the day of the event. Klineline Pond will be closed to public fishing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, reopening on Sunday, April 11.


SW WA Fishing Report

(JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)

Salmon/Steelhead
Cowlitz River – Steelhead and some spring chinook are being caught throughout the lower river.  Flows below Mayfield Dam are 4,560 cfs which is lower than the 5,480 cfs long-term mean for this date.
Lewis River – Effort remains generally light.  Some spring chinook are being caught.  Flows below Merwin Dam were 8,080 cfs which is higher than the 5,100 cfs long-term mean for this date.
Wind and Klickitat rivers and Drano Lake – Little to no effort.  No catch reported.  On the Klickitat, flows at Pitt are 2,150 cfs which is nearly identical to the long-term mean for this date.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first four days of April we sampled 2,242 boat anglers (922 boats) with 308 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  In addition, we sampled 436 bank anglers with 60 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  96% of the chinook were caught from Section 4 (Warrior Rock) upstream.
Overall, 86% of the adult Chinook caught were kept.  Of the 300 adult chinook sampled, 93% were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

The I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam area is now closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad.  Buoy 10 to the I-5 Bridge is scheduled to be open for hatchery spring chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad 7 days/week through April 18.
The Dalles Pool – The first spring chinook of the season were sampled there last week.  Scheduled to be open 7 days/week through May.  Daily limit 2 hatchery adult chinook, hatchery steelhead, or one of each.
It is anticipated that the spring spill program will begin at all lower Snake River dams at 0001 hours on April 3rd, 2010 (see Fish Passage Center
Weekly Reports @ http://www.fpc.org/documents/weekrprt/weekly_reports_currentyear.html.

Sturgeon
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Remains slow for legal size fish.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Slow for legal size fish from the bank.

Walleye and Bass
The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 1.4 walleye per rod.  A few bass were also being caught.

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Steelhead and some spring chinook are being caught throughout the lower river.  Flows below Mayfield Dam are 4,560 cfs which is lower than the 5,480 cfs long-term mean for this date.

Lewis River – Effort remains generally light.  Some spring chinook are being caught.  Flows below Merwin Dam were 8,080 cfs which is higher than the 5,100 cfs long-term mean for this date.

Wind and Klickitat rivers and Drano Lake – Little to no effort.  No catch reported.  On the Klickitat, flows at Pitt are 2,150 cfs which is nearly identical to the long-term mean for this date.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville DamDuring the first four days of April we sampled 2,242 boat anglers (922 boats) with 308 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  In addition, we sampled 436 bank anglers with 60 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  96% of the chinook were caught from Section 4 (Warrior Rock) upstream.

Overall, 86% of the adult Chinook caught were kept.  Of the 300 adult chinook sampled, 93% were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

The I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam area is now closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad.  Buoy 10 to the I-5 Bridge is scheduled to be open for hatchery spring chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad 7 days/week through April 18.

The Dalles Pool – The first spring chinook of the season were sampled there last week.  Scheduled to be open 7 days/week through May.  Daily limit 2 hatchery adult chinook, hatchery steelhead, or one of each.

It is anticipated that the spring spill program will begin at all lower Snake River dams at 0001 hours on April 3rd, 2010 (see Fish Passage Center
Weekly Reports @ http://www.fpc.org/documents/weekrprt/weekly_reports_currentyear.html.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Remains slow for legal size fish.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Slow for legal size fish from the bank.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 1.4 walleye per rod.  A few bass were also being caught.

Youth Fishing Event Next Saturday, Cottage Grove

(OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE)

Young people interested in angling can find a great fishing opportunity Saturday, April 10, at Cottage Grove Pond in Cottage Grove.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will release 1,550 rainbow trout into Cottage Grove Pond, including 50 “one pounders” as part of the Youth Angling Enhancement Program event. These fish are in addition to scheduled release of 2,000 fish. ODFW staff and volunteers will be available from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to provide access to fishing equipment and angling instruction. Contact the Springfield ODFW office at 541-726-3515 for more information.

Under Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations, anglers under the age of 13 can fish for free. A juvenile license is required for anglers 14-17 years of age. Juvenile angling licenses can be purchased for $9 from ODFW field offices and license outlets. All other anglers must have an Oregon adult fishing license. All fishing regulations continue to apply.

“This event is for kids, so while the standard fishing regulations will apply, we would like to ask adults to leave the fishing to the young ones for a few days,” said Erik Moberly, ODFW biologist.

Cottage Grove Pond is located off Row River Road east of Cottage Grove. From I-5, take the Cottage Grove exit (Exit 174). Head east on Row River Road about 1.5 miles. Turn north into the Cottage Grove Ponds parking area near the weigh station