THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED WITH WDFW, INCLUDING PAUL HOFFARTH, AND JOE HYMER, PSMFC, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY HYMER
Mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the South Fork and West Fork Grays from the mouth upstream to boundary markers 300 yards below the hatchery road bridge – Under permanent rules, closes to all fishing from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30. These areas will reopen to fishing for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 1.
Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream: 33 bank rods kept 5 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook and 2 chum. 11 boat rods kept 2 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 2 adult coho. Above the I-5 Bridge – 73 bank rods kept 1 jack and 7 adult coho and released 25 adult Chinook, 11 jack and 2 adult coho and 4 cutts. 4 boat rods had no catch.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,402 coho adults, 742 coho jacks, 498 fall Chinook adults, 19 fall Chinook jacks, four spring Chinook adults, 16 summer-run steelhead and 18 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 517 coho adults, 161 coho jacks and four spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 469 coho adults, 184 coho jacks and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.
Tacoma Power released 845 coho adults, 205 coho jacks, 221 fall Chinook adults, seven fall Chinook jacks and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,520 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 9. Water visibility is 11 feet and water temperature is 54.3 degrees F.
Lewis River (mainstem) – 5 boat anglers had no catch.
Lewis River (North Fork) – 26 bank anglers kept 4 adult coho. 13 boat anglers kept 1 jack and 4 adult Chinook, 2 adult coho and released 1 steelhead.
Klickitat River – 33 bank anglers kept 6 adult Chinook and 1 adult coho.
Yakima River – Fall Chinook continue to trickle into the Yakima River. There was a push of coho into the river last week. WDFW staff interviewed 165 anglers this past week with 14 adult salmon, 1 jack, and 1 coho harvested (25 hours per fish). Most of the harvest has been recorded in the areas just downstream of the Grant Ave bridge.
There were an estimated 545 angler trips for salmon in the lower Yakima River with a total of 3,134 angler trips for the season. An estimated 188 adult Chinook, 18 jack Chinook, and 2 coho have been harvested this season. Fishing should peak these final two weeks of the season.
Paul A. Hoffarth
District 4 Fish Biologist
WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Still pretty good effort and catch. During last Saturday’s effort flight count there were 457 boats and 156 bank anglers tallied. We sampled up to an adult Chinook per boat and a fish for every 4 bank rods.
During October 1-8, anglers on the lower Columbia made 10,288 trips and caught 2,574 adult Chinook (2,562 kept and 12 released), 23 summer steelhead (11 kept and 12 released) and 895 adult coho (651 kept and 244 released).
Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam – Effective Oct. 16, the anti?snagging rule is lifted.
Hanford Reach – Last week, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 851 boats (2,118 anglers) and 68 bank anglers (Ringold access area) and sampled 855 adult Chinook, 70 jacks, and 1 coho. Based on the information collected, an estimated 2,494 adult Chinook, 203 jacks, and 3 coho were harvested from 6,345 angler trips. Anglers averaged 1.1 Chinook per boat, 15 hours per fish.
Through October 8, 7,213 adult fall Chinook and 595 Chinook jacks have been harvested in the Hanford Reach from 23,998 angler trips.
A Hanford Reach in-season adult fall Chinook update was completed on October 7 that estimates a natural origin return of 56,194. This would allow a harvest of up to 15,000 adults and still meet escapement goals for the Reach. At this time, there are no plans to modify the current regulations for the Hanford Reach. Two weeks remaining in this fishery. The Hanford Reach area will close to fishing for salmon on October 22!
The Coastal Conservation Association Tri-Cities Chapter is working with Grant Public Utilities District and WDFW to host the King of the Reach Live Capture Fishing Derby October 27-29 at the Vernita Boat Launch, Wahluke (White Bluffs). The event calls upon volunteer sport anglers to help capture Wild Chinook for use as broodstock at the Priest Rapids Hatchery, an effort that will help preserve the genetic fitness and health of hatchery and wild fish. This is a WDFW Volunteer Program requiring all anglers to register on-site before fishing each day.
Who will be the next King of the Reach? Visit this webpage (http://www.ccawashington.org/KingoftheReach) to learn more about how to participate or contact Paul Hoffarth (WDFW) by phone (509-545-2284) or email (Paul.Hoffarth@dfw.wa.gov).
COLUMBIA RIVER JOINT STATE HEARING
A hearing has been scheduled for 1:00 PM Wednesday October 11, 2017 via teleconference to consider recreational white sturgeon retention fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River upstream of Wauna powerlines and in the lower Willamette River (Oregon State Action).