THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW
Fishing Report Sept. 2-8, 2019
Columbia River Tributaries
Elochoman River – 1 bank angler released 1 steelhead.
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 5 bank rods had no catch. 8 boats/19 rods kept 3 coho, 1 coho jack and released 1 coho, 1 coho jack, 7 Chinook and 2 Chinook jacks.
Above the I-5 Br – 13 bank rods had no catch. 3 boats/6 rods kept 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead and 1 Chinook.
Lewis River – 35 bank anglers kept 1 Chinook jack, 2 coho, 5 coho jacks and released 1 Chinook. 5 boats/6 rods kept 1 coho.
Wind River – 1 bank angler had no catch. 6 boats/9 rods released 11 Chinook.
Drano Lake – 6 bank anglers released 5 steelhead. 15 boats/33 rods kept 19 Chinook, 2 coho and released 16 steelhead.
Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.
Pikeminnow Sport – Reward Fishery Program:
The program operates from May 1 to September 30 in the lower Columbia River (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and the Snake River (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam). http://www.pikeminnow.org/
Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Sept 2-8)
Fishing for fall chinook in the Hanford Reach picked up this past week. Boats averaged ½ a fish per boat, 24 hours per fish. From September 2 through September 8, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 164 boats (365 anglers) and 34 bank anglers with 91 adult chinook and 24 jacks. An estimated 286 adult chinook and 56 chinook jacks were harvested. For the season there have been 3,204 angler trips with 388 adult chinook, 109 chinook jacks, and 5 coho harvested. Harvest is trailing just slightly behind last year at this time.
Adult counts of fall chinook over Bonneville are running ~9% above last year’s numbers but McNary counts are 1/3 lower than last year at this time. The first in-season update for the Hanford Reach will be included in next week’s update.