THE FOLLOWING ARE WDFW FISHING REPORTS FROM BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH
The Hanford Reach fall salmon fishery opened August 16. Angler effort and harvest continues to be strong and steady. There were 4,874 angler trips taken for salmon in the Hanford Reach this past week. WDFW staff interviewed 2,202 anglers. Based on the data collected, 2,292 adult chinook and 364 jacks were harvested bringing the season total to 6,703 adult chinook, 762 jacks, and 10 coho. Anglers averaged 10 hours per per fish (1.5 fish per boat).
The fish counts at McNary have not officially posted through October 7 but based on the available data the fishery will remain open through Friday, October 12. There will be an update as soon as the counts post.
Columbia River Mainstem from the mouth upstream to McNary Dam
- From the Buoy 10 line upstream to the Highway 395 Bridge at Pasco:
- Closed to angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead.
Columbia River Tributaries
Elochoman River – No anglers sampled.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 29 bank rods kept 10 coho jacks and released 1 coho jack. 23 boats/47 rods kept 3 coho, 1 coho jack, and released 2 chinook, 1 chinook jack, 2 coho, and 4 coho jacks.
Above the I-5 Br: 34 bank rods kept 1 steelhead and released 6 chinook, 3 coho jacks. 1 boat/1 rod no catch.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 1,100 coho adults, 2,586 coho jacks, 368 fall Chinook adults, 42 fall Chinook jacks, 96 cutthroat trout, and 49 summer-run steelhead adults during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power released 152 coho adults and 336 coho jacks into the Cispus River near Randle and they released 221 coho adults and 401 coho jacks at the Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood.
Tacoma Power released 385 coho adults, 1,336 coho jacks, seven fall Chinook jacks and seven cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, and they released 149 coho adults, 431 coho jacks and one cutthroat trout into Lake Scanewa in Randle.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,540 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 8. Water visibility is 14 feet and the water temperature is 53.6 degrees F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.
Kalama River – 13 bank anglers released 2 chinook. 1 boat/3 rods, no catch.
Lewis River – 47 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead, 1 coho, 2 coho jacks and released 2 chinook, 1 coho and 1 coho jack. 5 boats/5 rods kept 1 coho jack and released 1 coho.
Wind River – No anglers sampled.
Drano Lake – 8 bank anglers kept 1 chinook, 2 coho and 1 coho jack. 42 boats/ 116 rods kept 31 chinook, 21 chinook jacks, 6 coho, 2 coho jacks and released 8 chinook, 1 chinook jack and 1 steelhead.
Klickitat River –46 bank anglers kept 16 chinook, 6 chinook jacks and released 1 steelhead.
- Grays River: Effective October 6, 2018 until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the South Fork: release all Coho.
- West Fork Grays River: Effective October 6, 2018 until further notice, from the mouth upstream: release all Coho.
- Deep River: Effective September 24, 2018 Deep River reopens to salmon and steelhead angling under permanent rules.
- Youngs Bay, Blind Slough and Knappa Slough: Effective September 24, 2018 Youngs Bay, Blind Slough and Knappa Slough reopens to salmon and steelhead angling under permanent Oregon regulations.
- Cowlitz River: Effective September 22, 2018 closed for Chinook retention from the mouth to the Barrier Dam including all lower Cowlitz tributaries. Until further notice, the closed waters section below the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery Barrier Dam is 400’, at the posted markers.
- Toutle River: Effective October 6, 2018 until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the forks: release all Chinook.
- North Fork Toutle River: Effective October 6, 2018 until further notice, from the mouth upstream to the posted markers below the fish collection facility: release all Chinook.
- Washougal River, including Camas Slough: Effective September 22, 2018 closed for Chinook retention from the mouth to the bridge at Salmon Falls.
- Wind River: from the mouth to 400’ below Shepherd Falls, closed for steelhead retention and closed to night fishing for salmon and steelhead.
- Drano Lake: Effective Sept. 29, 2018 until further notice. The daily salmon limit remains 6 fish total, of which only one may be an adult. Drano Lake remains closed to night fishing for salmon and steelhead and closed to retention of steelhead.
- White Salmon River: from the mouth to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse, closed for steelhead retention and closed to night fishing for salmon and steelhead.
From the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries – Until further notice, white sturgeon open for catch and release fishing only. Fishing for sturgeon at night is closed.