SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (11-29-16)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM STEPHEN GRAY AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW, AND TANNA TAKATA, ODFW,  AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 2 boat anglers with no catch.  68 bank anglers with 11 adult and 1 jack coho and 1 steelhead kept and 2 adult coho, 1 cutthroat, and 1 chum released.

Last week Tacoma Power employees recovered 1,343 coho adults, 161 jacks, 12 fall Chinook adults, 18 summer-run steelhead, five winter-run steelhead and 14 cutthroat trout in four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 148 coho adults and 20 coho jacks into the Cispus River upstream of the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek near Randle and 124 coho adults and 10 coho jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Last week, Tacoma employees released 272 coho adults, 38 coho jacks, seven fall Chinook adults and three cutthroat trout into the Tilton River located at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 439 coho adults and 34 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,600 cubic feet per second on Monday, November 28. Visibility is at nine feet and water temperature is 50.2 degrees F.

McNary Dam to Hwy 395
Anglers averaged 21 hours per steelhead this past week similar to the week prior.  Boat anglers averaged just over ½ a steelhead per boat, 20 hours/fish. Bank angling continues to be slow with anglers averaging 25 hours per steelhead.

Hwy 395 to the old Hanford Townsite
Very slow for steelhead in the Ringold Springs area this past week. WDFW staff interviewed 59 anglers with one steelhead harvested.

WDFW FISHERIES BIOLOGIST JOHN WEINHEIMER AND WADE RAMSEY SHOW OFF STOUT STRINGERS FROM THE BLACK FRIDAY OPENER AT ROWLAND LAKE, ON THE WASHINGTON SIDE OF THE COLUMBIA GORGE. “WE CAUGHT ’EM TROLLING 2.5 AND 3.0 MAG LIP PLUGS AND CRAWL-RETRIEVING 3-INCH POWERBAIT TROUT WORMS,” REPORTS BUZZ RAMSEY. “SEEMS LIKE WHAT THEY WANT BEST CHANGES EVERY YEAR.” (BUZZ RAMSEY)
WDFW FISHERIES BIOLOGIST JOHN WEINHEIMER AND WADE RAMSEY SHOW OFF STOUT STRINGERS FROM THE BLACK FRIDAY OPENER AT ROWLAND LAKE, ON THE WASHINGTON SIDE OF THE COLUMBIA GORGE. “WE CAUGHT ’EM TROLLING 2.5 AND 3.0 MAG LIP PLUGS AND CRAWL-RETRIEVING 3-INCH POWERBAIT TROUT WORMS,” REPORTS BUZZ RAMSEY. “SEEMS LIKE WHAT THEY WANT BEST CHANGES EVERY YEAR.” (BUZZ RAMSEY)

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

*         Steelhead fishing has been fair to good in The Dalles and John Day pools.
*         A few winter steelhead should be available from the beaches on the lower Columbia River.
*         White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch-and-release fishing.
*         Walleye fishing is excellent in the The Dalles Pool and good in the John Day Pool.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update<http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/index.asp> page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2017.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed one adult coho kept for four boats (11 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers, and one steelhead kept plus six steelhead released for four boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed one adult coho and four steelhead kept plus four steelhead released for 17 bank anglers; and 10 steelhead and one coho jack kept plus 15 steelhead released for nine boats (21 anglers).

John Day Arm: No report.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. No report.

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed eight sublegal sturgeon released for two bank anglers and 11 sublegal and four oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed two sublegal and one legal sturgeon released for one boats (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 32 sublegal and eight legal sturgeon released for five boats (17 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 262 walleye kept and 50 walleye released for 17 boats (36 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed 26 walleye kept and three walleye released for 19 boats (46 anglers).

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