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Southwest Washington Fishing Report (9-20-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS COLLECTED BY ODFW AND WDFW STAFF AND TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Lower Columbia mainstem sport update

Last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 15,120 trips and caught 6,350 adult Chinook (5,765 kept and 585 released) 358 adult coho (188 kept and 170 released) and 165 summer steelhead (123 kept and 42 released)..

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream:  12 boats/42 rods kept 13 adult and 2 jack Chinook and released 42 adult and 4 jack Chinook.  5 bank anglers had no catch.  No anglers were sampled upstream from the bridge.

ANOTHER GREAT OUTING OFF DRANO LAKE FOR WILLIAM AND HIS DAD, CLAY HULL. THEY WERE AGAIN FISHING WITH JOE MCCARL AND REPORT GOING TWO FOR FOUR. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 188 fall Chinook adults, 20 fall Chinook jacks, 18 summer-run steelhead, 62 spring Chinook adults, two spring Chinook jacks, 65 coho adults, two coho jacks, and 14 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 40 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook jack, five coho adults and one cutthroat trout into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 16 spring Chinook adults, one coho adult and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 137 fall Chinook adults, 19 fall Chinook jacks, four coho adults, one coho jack and nine cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,720 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, September 18. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 54.9 degrees F. River

Lewis River – No report on angling success.  On the mainstem and North Fork Lewis rivers, any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained effective September 23.

Drano Lake – 33 boats/75 anglers kept 33 adult Chinook and adult coho and released 3 steelhead.  There were 65 boats were here last Saturday morning.

Bonneville Pool – 18 boats/43 anglers kept 22 adult Chinook.  Last Saturday morning there were 75 boats off the Klickitat, 40 off the White Salmon, and 30 off Drano Lake.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (9-20-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (9/16) flight, 939 salmonid boats and 10 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Corbett; and 196 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.12 Chinook and 1.62 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.10 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.44 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.74 Chinook, 0.05 coho and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.  In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 1.67 Chinook, 0.02 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool caught 1.24 Chinook and 0.06 coho caught per boat.  In the John Day Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.17 Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.44 Chinook and 0.11 coho caught per angler.

FALL SALMON ARE MOVING UP THE COLUMBIA. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM DAUGHTER CASSIDY, 13 MONTHS OLD, AUSTIN BOWEN SHOWS OFF A FALL CHINOOK HE PICKED UP LAST WEEKEND FISHING A PRAWN SPINNER BEHIND A FISH FLASH. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 32 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for 29 boats (81 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 74 Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus two Chinook adults and one pink released for 172 boats (383 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one coho adult kept, plus four Chinook adults released for nine bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 154 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, five coho adults and two steelhead kept, plus six Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and five coho adults released for 215 boats (489 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed four coho adults kept, plus one coho adult released for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 161 coho adults kept, plus 20 Chinook and 101 coho released for 162 boats (486 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 158 Chinook adults, 14 Chinook jacks, two coho adults and two steelhead kept, plus six Chinook adults released for 98 boats (234 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 21 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept for 17 boats (47 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and five Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 29 boats (54 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed four sublegal and eight legal white sturgeon released for two boats (seven anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed three sublegal, one legal and five oversize sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  Weekend checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 24 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for three boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 53 walleye kept, plus 16 walleye released for 15 boats (28 anglers).

ODFW Evacuating 1.78 Million Hatchery Salmon Ahead Of Rains, Possible Debris Flow

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

ODFW staff are evacuating about 1.65 million coho salmon and 132,000 spring Chinook salmon from Cascade Hatchery today and tomorrow due to the threat of debris flow in areas burned by the Eagle Creek Fire.

A SCREENSHOT FROM AN ODFW VIDEO SHOWS TANKER TRUCKS LINED UP TO TRANSPORT YOUNG SALMON FROM CASCADE HATCHERY. (ODFW)

“Rain is forecast next week in areas scorched by the Eagle Creek Fire, and we expect to see mudslides and debris flow,” said Brett Requa, ODFW east region hatchery coordinator. “This could overwhelm the screens on our water intake, reducing or completely shutting off the flow of water that sustain these fish, so we want to get them moved now.”

 ODFW plans to move about 500,000 Umatilla River coho and 500,000 Lostine River coho to Leaburg Hatchery, where they will be reared until next spring and then hauled back to the Umatillia and Lostine Rivers. Also, 350,000 Yakama coho will be hauled to Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery and 300,000 will be hauled to Willard National Fish Hatchery. The 132,000 spring Chinook are being hauled to Sandy Fish Hatchery.

 These juvenile fish (< 1 year old) are being transported beginning this morning in fish transport trucks which have oxygen supplies to help lower stress in the fish and keep them healthy.

 Bonneville Hatchery has well water available and is not expected to be hit as hard by the debris flow so their 2.4 million fish will remain on site. Staff are also weighing options to move Oxbow Hatchery and Herman Creek coho to another hatchery in the state but fire experts feel the Herman Creek drainage is in much better shape than the Eagle Creek drainage.

A HELICOPTER CARRIES WATER DIPPED OUT OF THE COLUMBIA IN THE GORGE TO HELP DOUSE THE EAGLE CREEK FIRE. (INCIWEB)

 “We thank Eagle Creek firefighters for saving all the structures at our three Cascade Locks fish hatcheries,” said Requa. “ODFW will be working to limit any harmful impacts to fish due to the Eagle Creek Fire over the next few months and years.”

 ODFW also thanks ODOT for delivering diesel fuel to power Cascade Hatchery’s generator over the past 10 days. The hatchery has been without power since Sept. 5.

Call For Vols: Help Needed At OR Coast’s Salmon River Hatchery

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with the Fall Chinook Program at Salmon River Hatchery this fall. Staff will activate the fish trap this weekend with the forecasted rain, and volunteer shifts will be available starting next week.

VOLUNTEERS HELP NET CHINOOK AT THE SALMON RIVER HATCHERY. (ODFW)

In 2016, Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program volunteers contributed over 500 hours at the Salmon River Hatchery and were responsible for the distribution of adult Chinook salmon to eight Oregon food share organizations. 

Salmon River Hatchery releases 200,000 adipose-marked and coded wire tagged fall Chinook salmon smolts each year to support a popular in-river recreational fishery, supplement ocean recreational and commercial fisheries, and provide information for the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

Salmon River Hatchery fall Chinook are the indicator stock to estimate the exploitation rate for all fall Chinook on the North Oregon coast. The recoveries of these fish in the commercial and sport fisheries in Alaska, British Columbia, Washington and Oregon, along with recoveries at the hatchery and on the spawning grounds, are used to represent the harvest rate of Oregon’s coastal fall Chinook in these fisheries.  

Additional information about the volunteer program can be obtained at https://midcoaststep.ivolunteer.com or by contacting Christine Clapp at christine.m.clapp@state.or.us or 541-265-8306×253. The Salmon River Hatchery is located at 575 N. North Bank Rd. Otis, Oregon.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (9-13-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

*         The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details).  An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.

*         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.

ALEXCIS HIGGINBOTHAM IS ALL SMILES AFTER CATCHING HER FIRST STURGEON, A 50-INCHER HELD BY HER DAD, JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM OF YAKIMA BAIT. (JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

*         Walleye angling is 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

On Saturday’s (9/9) flight, 991 salmonid boats and nine Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 221 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 5.24 coho and 0.45 Chinook caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.33 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.32 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.85 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.07 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for three boats (nine anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 30 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for 93 boats (215 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult and one Chinook jack released for 15 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 89 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus 57 Chinook adults, two Chinook jacks and one coho adult released for 172 boats (430 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed six coho kept for six boats (18 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 510 coho kept, plus 381 coho, 77 Chinook and one steelhead released for 170 boats (498 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 25 Chinook adults, six Chinook jacks and one steelhead kept, plus eight Chinook adults released for 57 boats (130 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 14 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 25 boats (53 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for seven boats (18 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 30 sublegal and six legal white sturgeon released for three boats (eight anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 13 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for eight boats (15 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (one angler).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers; and 31 walleye kept, plus 35 walleye released for 19 boats (42 anglers).

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (9-6-17)

THE FOLLOWING IS THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE’S WEEKLY RECREATION REPORT

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

Five hundred thirteen Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10 this past Saturday. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 1.73 Chinook and 1.71 coho caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.00 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.11 Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.44 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary above Tongue Point averaged 1.42 Chinook and 0.56 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.07 Chinook caught per angler.

SALMON FISHING BEGINS IN EARNEST IN THE COLUMBIA ABOVE BUOY 10 AND ITS COLUMBIA GORGE TRIBS AS THE RUN PROCEEDS UPRIVER. WILLIAM HULL, 6, HAD QUITE A TUSSLE WITH THIS CHINOOK OUTSIDE DRANO LAKE WHILE FISHING WITH HIS DAD, CLAY, AND CLAY’S FRIEND JOE McCARL OUT OF JOE’S BOAT.  (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult kept for 14 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for seven boats (24 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed four Chinook adults kept for 37 boats (72 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 97 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, and two coho adults kept, plus three Chinook adults and one Chinook jack released for 225 boats (556 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed 74 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and 16 coho adults kept, plus one Chinook jack and 13 coho released for 52 boats (168 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 522 Chinook adults and 390 coho kept, plus 65 Chinook adults and 191 coho released for 339 boats (1,149 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 45 Chinook adults and four Chinook jacks kept, plus 12 Chinook adults released for 81 boats (185 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 38 Chinook adults, five Chinook jacks and one steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 64 boats (168 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (four anglers).

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 13 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 20 sublegal, 13 legal and 14 oversize sturgeon released for seven boats (15 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge: No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (four anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 29 walleye kept, and seven walleye released for nine boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 27 walleye kept, plus 39 walleye released for 17 boats (33 anglers).

 

Late Humptulips Regs Tweak: Release Wild Kings, WDFW Says

THE FOLLOWING IS A 5 P.M. FRIDAY AFTERNOON EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE FROM WDFW

Anglers fishing the Humptulips River must release wild chinook

Action: Anglers fishing the Humptulips River must release all wild chinook salmon.

THOUGH WDFW’S PRINTED FISHING PAMPHLET ALLOWED FOR THE RETENTION OF ONE WILD HUMPTULIPS KING A DAY STARTING TODAY, AN EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE OUT IN LATE AFTERNOON SAYS THEY MUST BE RELEASED EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY. DARREL SMITH CAUGHT THIS ONE FROM THE SOUTH OLYPEN RIVER SEVERAL SEASONS AGO. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Effective dates: Immediately, until further notice.

Location:  Humptulips River, from the mouth to the confluence of the East and West forks, in Grays Harbor County.

Reason for action:  The Department is in the process of adopting permanent rules that are necessary to implement the personal use fishing plans developed through North of Falcon proceedings.

Other Information:  Salmon daily limit is 6 fish; up to 2 adults may be retained. Release wild coho and wild chinook. Trout and gamefish fisheries remain as listed in the 2017/2018 fishing pamphlet.

Buoy 10, Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (8-28-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (8/26) flight, 853 salmonid boats and 38 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 756 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 2.17 Chinook and 0.73 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.58 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.17 Chinook and 0.04 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.27 Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.03 Chinook caught per angler.

A NETTER REACHES FOR A SALMON HOOKED IN THE BUOY 10 FISHERY AT THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA EARLIER THIS MONTH. (JIM AND JENN STAHL, NWFISHINGGUIDES.NET)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult kept for 31 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults kept for 12 boats (31 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed four Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept, plus one steelhead caught for 24 boats (60 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 36 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept, plus two Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and one steelhead released for 139 boats (353 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 921 Chinook adults and 249 coho kept, plus 123 Chinook, 103 coho and one steelhead released for 481 boats (1,639 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and two Chinook adults kept, plus three steelhead released for 19 boats (35 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 44 Chinook adults and five Chinook jacks kept, plus three Chinook adults released for 39 boats (99 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (four anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed three sublegal and seven legal white sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed two sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for two boats (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 13 sublegal, three legal and one oversize sturgeon released for two boats (eight anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed three walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 14 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for five boats (11 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 38 walleye kept, plus 13 walleye released for 20 boats (43 anglers).

$50,000 Raised For Sportfishing Advocacy At 18th Buoy 10 Challenge

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION

Anglers from all over the Northwest came together Friday, August 18th, to compete for the most and biggest salmon at the Buoy 10 on the Columbia River, the biggest salmon fishery in the lower 48 states.  They were competing in the Northwest’s most popular derby –NSIA’s Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge. This was the 18th year of the derby and it was quite a success! The Challenge raised close to $50,000 to support NSIA’s mission of preserving, restoring and enhancing Northwest sportfisheries and the businesses that depend on them.

The first place team of RJ Bennett, Cody Clark, Adam Sturdevant and Dave Lewis. (NSIA)

Close to 200 anglers took to the waters off Buoy 10 on Friday. The chinook and coho were definitely biting, with participants weighing in more than 70 fish. Among some stiff competition, the Bob’s Sporting Goods team, captained by RJ Bennett, won First Place Team prize, with an average team weight of 17.75 pounds, winning a prize package that featured G. Loomis trolling rods and Shimano Tekota reels. Tanner Morton’s team captured Second Place Team prize, with 14.99 lb. average weight. The Second Place prize package included Tica Rods and reels for each team member. The Third Place Team was tight on their heels with a 14.39 lb. average per person weight for Jason Berg’s Team North American Hunting Competition, winning Berkley Buzz Ramsey rods and Penn Warfare reels.

Troy Bloom and his nephew Joey McGraw hoist Joey’s first B10 salmon catch – you can tell he’s really proud! (NSIA)

This year the Biggest Fish winner was Tanner Morton, who brought in a 20.90 pound chinook. He was awarded a $1000 check from the Big Fish sponsor, North River Boats. 2017 also saw the introduction of a new award – a $1000 Mystery Fish prize, sponsored by Weldcraft/Duckworth. Any weighed-in fish was eligible to win the prize, (1/72 odds!) which went to Deborh LeBer of the North American Hunting Competition team.

Greg and Don show off a nice Chinook that helped Team Northwest Sportsman make a strong showing at NSIA’s Buoy 10 challenge.

Even though anglers enjoyed such a great day on the water, the excitement was far from over as tournament anglers then got a shot at the more than $10,000 worth of auction items and door prizes. No one left empty-handed

NSIA Executive Director, Liz Hamilton says of the tournament, “The Buoy 10 Salmon Challenge is not only the most exciting fishing tournament on the lower Columbia this summer, but it is also our most important fundraiser. Monies raised will go towards protecting and restoring healthy river systems, defending hatcheries and the millions of smolts they release each year as well as working to increase angler access to fisheries across the Northwest.”

NSIA would also like to thank their sponsors for making this event a success. Their support allows NSIA to have a strong voice in local, state, and federal governments, advocating for policies that keep the sportfishing industry thriving in the Northwest. Please remember these companies and brands when you’re stocking up for your next trip: Atlas Mike’s, Berkley, BS Fish Tales/Brad’s Lures, Cabela’s, Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoors, Salmon Trout Steelheader Magazine, Fred Meyer, Freshwater News, G. Loomis, Grundens, Lowrance, Luhr Jensen, Maxima, North River Boats, NW Sportmans Magazine, Okuma, Penn, Raymarine, Shimano, Steven’s Marine, Tica, Weldcraft/ Duckworth. We hope to see you on the waters at next year’s Buoy 10 derby!

Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (8-23-17)

THE FOLLOWING ARE FROM ODFW AND JOE HYMER, PSMFC/WDFW

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Sunday’s (8/20) flight, 399 salmonid boats and 31 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 606 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.84 Chinook and 0.57 coho caught per boat. In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.13 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged 0.15 Chinook, 0.01 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat.

SCOTT FLETCHER SHOWS OFF A CHINOOK CAUGHT DURING LAST FRIDAY’S BIG NORTHWEST SPORTFISHING INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION BUOY 10 CHALLENGE. HIS BOAT, TEAM NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN, PLACED FOURTH.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for three boats (eight anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed four Chinook adults kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 38 boats (74 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 20 Chinook adults, and one coho adult kept, plus three steelhead released for 133 boats (316 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 369 Chinook adults and 202 coho adults kept, plus 84 Chinook, 107 coho and three steelhead released for 542 boats (1,748 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed three Chinook adults kept, plus one steelhead released for five boats (seven anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 14 Chinook adults kept, plus one steelhead released for 12 boats (29 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): No report

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed 22 sublegal and four legal white sturgeon released for five boats (12 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge: Weekend checking showed four walleye kept for one boat (one angler).

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 11 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for five boats (seven anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 41 walleye kept, plus 14 walleye released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 57 walleye kept, plus 19 walleye released for 28 boats (54 anglers).

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Salmon/Steelhead

Portions of Abernathy, Cedar (tributary of N.F. Lewis, Clark Co.), Cougar (tributary to Yale Reservoir, Cowlitz Co.), Coal, Germany, Goble, Lacamas (Clark Co.), Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, and Skamokawa creeks and the Elochoman and Coweeman rivers close to all fishing beginning September 1. Except for Cougar Creek, all close to protect naturally spawning fall Chinook; Cougar Creek to protect naturally spawning kokanee.

North Fork Toutle River from confluence with South Fork to the mouth of the Green River and the Green River

from mouth to 400 feet below salmon hatchery rack – No report on angling success. Beginning September 1, anti-snagging

rule and night closure plus closed waters from 400 feet below to 400 feet above the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery. When anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Cowlitz River from boundary markers at the mouth upstream to the Lexington Drive Bridge/Sparks Road Bridge -From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Cowlitz River – Below the I-5 Br.:  2 bank rods and 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.  Above the I-5 Br. – 37 bank rods kept 2 adult Chinook and 3 steelhead and released 3 adult Chinook.  10 boats/26 rods kept 2 adult Chinook, 7 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat and released 2 jack Chinook, 1 steelhead, and 10 cutthroats.  Salmon are being caught at the barrier dam; steelhead around the trout hatchery.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 48 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook jack, five spring Chinook mini-jacks, 60 summer-run steelhead adults, 11 fall Chinook adults and six cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 20 spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 17 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook jack and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 11 fall Chinook adults and two cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,240 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Aug. 21. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 55.2 degrees F.

Mayfield Lake – Salmon season begins September 1. Daily limit 6, no more than 2 adults may be retained. Only hatchery Chinook and hatchery  coho may be kept.

Tilton River from mouth to West Fork – Sept. 1-Oct. 31: night closure and anti-snagging rule. When anti-snagging

rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Closed waters within posted markers around the adult fish release site.

Cowlitz River from posted PUD sign on Peters Rd. to Forest Road 1270 (old Jody’s Bridge) – Sept. 1-Oct. 31:

night closure and anti-snagging rule. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Closed waters within posted markers around the adult fish release site.

Kalama River – No report on angling success though fall Chinook are in the river. Sept. 1-Oct. 31: Fly fishing only from
the natural gas pipeline crossing to the deadline at the intake to the lower salmon hatchery.

Lewis River from the mouth upstream to the mouth of the East Fork Lewis – No report on angling success.  From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Wind River from the mouth (boundary line markers) upstream to 400 feet below Shipherd Falls – No report on angling success.   From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Drano Lake – 29 boat anglers kept 7 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook and released 1 adult Chinook and 1 steelhead.  Release all steelhead through September.  ~25 boats here last Saturday morning.
White Salmon River from the mouth upstream to the county road bridge below the former location of the powerhouse – No report on angling success.  From September 1 through October 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

The mainstem recreational salmon fishery from the Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam – From September 1 through December 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Buoy 10 – No report.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort and fall Chinook catches remain light except some fish are being caught around the mouths of the Cowlitz and Lewis rivers though no creel data is currently available.   Just 116 boats and 33 bank anglers were counted during last Wednesday’s flight.

Bonneville Pool – 10 boat anglers kept 3 adult fall Chinook.  From September 1 through December 31, only 1 hatchery steelhead may be retained. 8 boats outside Drano Lake last Saturday morning.

From The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam – No report on angling success.  Release all STEELHEAD September 1 through September 31.

From John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam – No report on angling success.  Release all STEELHEAD September 1 through October 31.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – No report on angling success.  Effective September 1, catch-and-release fishing for sturgeon will be allowed again from the boundary markers Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.

Trout

Mayfield Lake – Tacoma Power released 3,420 rainbow trout into Mayfield Lake this past week.

Mayfield Lake, Lake Scanewa and Swift reservoirs – No report on angling success. Effective September 1, up to 10 hatchery rainbow trout may be retained per day.