THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED FROM WDFW AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC
Cowlitz River – I-5 Br. downstream: 7 bank rods had no catch. Upstream from the I-5 Br: 54 bank rods kept 8 adult coho and released 7 adult coho and 1 cutthroat. No boat anglers were sampled.
Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,187 coho adults, 41 coho jacks, four fall Chinook adults, 12 cutthroat trout, five summer-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.
During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 265 coho adults and five coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 284 coho adults and six coho jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.
Tacoma Power released 531 coho adults, 16 coho jacks, three fall Chinook adults, and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and released 376 coho adults and three coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle.
River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 12,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, December 4. Water visibility is two feet and water temperature is 47.5 degrees F.
Kalama River – 7 bank anglers had no catch.
McNary Reservoir Steelhead Sport Fishery – Report from Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Pasco WA – The Columbia River from McNary to the Tri-cities reopened for the harvest of steelhead on December 1. There was a large flurry of anglers that came out to fish over the weekend. There were 338 angler trips during the past three days. Anglers averaged 16 hours per steelhead, unfortunately most of the fish caught were wild, 71 of the 80 fish caught had to be turned back. For the fishery (August 1 – December 3) only 37 steelhead have been harvested and 93 wild steelhead have been caught and released from 2,564 angler trips.
Hanford Reach Steelhead Sport Fishery (Hwy 395 – Hanford) – Report from Paul Hoffarth – Steelhead fishing continues to be slow to fair in the lower Hanford Reach. Bank anglers averaged a steelhead for 20.1 hours of fishing. Boat anglers continue to do considerably better at 1.5 steelhead per boat (9.6 hours per fish). An estimated 226 steelhead were caught in November and 132 were harvested. Roughly 80% of the fish caught in November were Ringold Springs origin (adipose + right ventral fin clipped).
Since the fishery opened on October 1, a total of 194 steelhead have harvested plus an additional 131 caught & released from 1,397 angler trips. Daily limit is one steelhead per day and the steelhead must have both an adipose and ventral fin clip (through December 31). This year’s return to Ringold Springs Hatchery is estimated at ~800 steelhead.
Recent releases of surplus hatchery steelhead and brood stock rainbow into SW WA waters. No report on angling success.
Fish per Pound
Nov 28, 2017
Nov 29, 2017
Nov 27, 2017