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Southwest Washington Fishing Report (11-8-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM WDFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br. downstream: 30 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 3 fish. 2 boat anglers had no catch. Upstream from the I-5 Br: 77 bank rods kept 34 adult and 1 jack coho and released 11 adult Chinook and 26 adult coho. 6 boat rods kept 6 adult coho and released 6 fish.

COHO ARE PROVIDING THE SEASON’S BEST FISHING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE MOMENT IN WASHINGTON’S SOUTHWESTERN QUARTER. BARRY DUBNOW CAUGHT THIS ONE ON THE HUMPTULIPS WHILE TWITCHING JIGS WITH GUIDE JARED CADY. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 1,989 coho adults, 333 coho jacks, 98 fall Chinook adults, two fall Chinook jacks, 43 cutthroat trout, and 16 summer-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 106 coho adults and 24 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 217 coho adults, 34 coho jacks and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 838 coho adults, 182 coho jacks, six fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and nine cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 579 coho adults, 76 coho jacks and two cutthroat trout into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,900 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, November 6. Water visibility is four feet and water temperature is 51.1 degrees F.

Mainstem Lewis River – 12 bank and 3 boat rods had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 72 bank rods kept 1 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho. 40 boat rods kept 4 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 24 adult coho and released 4 adult Chinook and 5 jack and 8 adult coho.

Lower, Middle Columbia Fishing Report (11-6-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2018.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 26 coho adults kept, plus one coho adult released for 20 boats (41 anglers).

CASEY NELSON SHOWS OFF A COLUMBIA RIVER COHO CAUGHT ON A MAG LIP. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and 12 coho adults kept for five boats (11 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.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 17 sublegal, three legal and one oversize sturgeon released for five boats (11 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for three boats (five anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 77 walleye kept, plus 83 walleye released for 14 boats (36 anglers).

Quillayute System Reopening Nov. 4, But Chinook Must Be Released

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

Anglers can make plans to go fishing on the Olympic Peninsula, where much of the Quillayute River system will re-open beginning Sunday, Nov. 4.

QUILLAYUTE SYSTEM SALMON ANGLERS CAN GET BACK ON THE WATERS NOW, BUT WILL HAVE TO RELEASE FALL CHINOOK. PAUL ISHII CAUGHT THIS ONE DURING 2011’S RUN. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

The Quillayute River, as well as sections of the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, Calawah and Dickey rivers will re-open for fishing Nov. 4, but anglers must release all chinook salmon, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

WDFW previously closed these rivers to fishing when low river flows were impeding the migration of salmon upstream. The department wanted to ensure that a sufficient number of salmon return to spawning grounds. The Quileute Tribe also closed its fisheries.

“With river levels on the rise, most chinook have moved upstream to the spawning areas, allowing us to re-open these areas to fishing,” said Annette Hoffmann, regional fish program manager for WDFW. “However, we want to protect chinook that may still be in these areas, so we’re requiring anglers to release any chinook they catch.”

Rivers that will re-open to fishing Nov. 4 include:

• Quillayute River.

• Sol Duc River downstream of the concrete pump station at the Sol Duc Hatchery.

• Bogachiel River downstream of the Highway 101 bridge.

• Calawah River downstream of the Highway 101 bridge.

• Dickey River from the Olympic National Park boundary upstream to the confluences of the East and West forks.

Lower, Middle Columbia Fishing Report (10-30-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid angling is winding down, with the majority of the salmonids being caught at the mouths of tributaries.  Anglers fishing in the John Day Pool averaged 0.80 Chinook and 2.40 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 1.00 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.15 Chinook and 1.81 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge below the dam averaged 0.54 Chinook and 0.15 coho caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.04 Chinook and 0.07 coho caught per boat.

CHAD ZOLLER WAS AMONG THE ANGLERS WHO GOT OUT ON LAST WEEK’S TWO STURGEON KEEPER DAYS, THOUGH THIS DIAMONDSIDE HAD A LITTLE GROWING TO DO, SO IT WENT BACK INTO THE COLUMBIA. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and two coho adults kept, plus three Chinook adults released for 13 boats (37 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed two Chinook adults and three coho adults kept for 46 boats (84 anglers).

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

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 boats (26 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed eight Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, 172 coho adults and three coho jacks kept, plus six Chinook adults released for 95 boats (229 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult kept for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed one coho adult kept for five bank anglers; and four Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and 12 coho adults kept for five boats (11 anglers).

STURGEON

 On Saturday’s (10/28) flight, there were 381 sturgeon boats and 121 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Wauna power lines.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.17 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.06 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  In the Portland to Wauna power lines area, boat anglers averaged 0.12 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.07 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed no catch for 69 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 30 boats (78 anglers).

Troutdale Bank: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus four sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking six legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, 75 sublegal and eight oversize sturgeon released for 103 boats (229 anglers).

Portland to Wauna power lines Bank: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 10 sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 225 bank anglers.

Portland to Wauna power lines Boats: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 49 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 291 sublegal and 22 oversize sturgeon released for 396 boats (959 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed two legal and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 15 legal, 33 sublegal and five oversize sturgeon released for five boats (15 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (five anglers).

Bonneville Pool:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye released for three boats (five anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 30 walleye kept, plus 14 walleye released for 26 boats (54 anglers).

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (10-25-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend (mainly Saturday), the majority of the angling effort was focused on sturgeon, therefore this week’s salmonid report is based on the entire weekly catch and effort instead of the weekend.  Anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 1.00 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Bonneville Pool averaged 0.10 Chinook and 0.74 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.89 Chinook and 0.29 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.31 Chinook and 0.17 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.35 Chinook and 0.17 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.50 Chinook caught per angler.

CARTER HOTCHKISS HAD A GREAT OUTING WITH GUIDE BOB TOMAN ON THE COLUMBIA, LANDING A HATCHERY STEELHEAD AND THIS COHO. THEY WERE TROLLING FAT WIGGLERS. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult kept for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed 51 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and five coho adults kept, plus two Chinook adults and three coho adults released for 28 boats (84 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed 15 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and three coho adults kept, plus two Chinook adults, six coho adults and one coho jack released for 54 boats (86 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekly checking showed seven Chinook adults, two coho adults and one coho jack kept, plus one Chinook adult and two coho adults released for 23 boats (40 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and two Chinook adults and 23 coho adults kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 31 boats (67 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult and one coho adult kept, plus one Chinook adult and one Chinook jack released for two boats (three anglers).

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

STURGEON

Despite the wind and rain, there were several thousand sturgeon anglers out in the elements trying their best to fill their daily bag limit during the one day weekend opener.  On Saturday’s (10/21) count, 948 sturgeon boats and 349 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Longview.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.06 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Wauna power lines area averaged 0.15 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Wauna power lines area averaged 0.01 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 77 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 40 boats (117 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus 66 sublegal and five oversize sturgeon released for 111 boats (305 anglers).

Portland to Wauna power lines Bank: Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus five sublegal sturgeon released for 138 bank anglers.

Portland to Wauna power lines Boats: Weekend checking showed 53 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 211 sublegal and 28 oversize sturgeon released for 355 boats (1,002 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: No report.

Bonneville Pool:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 43 walleye kept, plus 11 walleye released for 10 boats (18 anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (10-24-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED WITH WDFW AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Goble, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman and Elochoman rivers – Re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon beginning November 1.

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  19 bank rods kept 2 adult coho and released 3.  16 boat rods kept 4 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.  Above the I-5 Br:  98 bank rods kept 2 jack and 28 adult coho and released 1 jack and 43 adult Chinook, 10 jack and 15 adult coho, 3 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat trout.

CARTER HOTCHKISS NABBED THIS STEELHEAD AND A COHO NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE DESCHUTES WHILE TROLLING ½-OUNCE FAT WIGGLERS IN WATERMELON AND BENGAL PATTERNS DURING A GUIDED TRIP WITH BOB TOMAN. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,564 coho adults, 636 coho jacks, 292 fall Chinook adults, nine fall Chinook jacks, 53 cutthroat trout, 12 summer-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 646 coho adults and 152 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 522 coho adults, 141 coho jacks and two cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 1,264 coho adults, 302 coho jacks, 26 fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and five cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,910 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 23. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 51.8 degrees F.

North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 1 jack and 2 adult coho.  4 boat rods kept 2 adult Chinook.  Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam remains open to fishing through October 31. It will re-open for salmon and hatchery steelhead Dec. 16.

Lower Wind River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.

Drano Lake- 4 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.  6 boat anglers kept 5 adult Chinook.  Beginning November 1, open to fishing for 7 days per week.

White Salmon River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish from the county road below the former location of the powerhouse upstream.

Klickitat River – 26 bank anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 240 anglers (including 68 boats) with 1 jack and 40 adult Chinook, 43 adult coho but no steelhead.  Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1.

Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2017 creel census program. The program will resume in February 2018.

Bonneville Pool – 3 boat anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam –  Sturgeon fishing was about as lousy as the weather last Saturday.  We sampled 688 anglers (including 129 boats) with 11 legals kept.  There were 155 vehicles from the sturgeon deadline just below Bonneville Dam downstream to Hamilton Is.  There was a mass exodus there by late morning.

Decade After Dam Destroyed, Sandy’s Salmon, Steelhead ‘Rebounding’ – ODFW

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

Ten years ago a new era of salmon and steelhead recovery quite literally started out with a bang when Marmot Dam was removed from the Sandy River.

Marmot Dam used to block the Sandy River at this bend. Removal of the dam, completed last year, restored the free-flowing nature of the river upstream to its headwaters near the glaciers on Mount Hood. (ODFW)

More than a ton of high-grade explosives were detonated, taking off the face of the 47-foot high concrete dam.

At the time, it was the largest dam breach ever attempted. Portland General Electric, owner of the dam, figured it would be more cost-effective to remove the structure than upgrade it to meet new federal relicensing standards.

Scenes from ODFW’s 2008 “salmon rodeo” on the Sandy: Fish biologists Dannette Faucera and Todd Alsbury point out Chinook redds to their crew while surveying the Salmon River.

In July 2007, in a highly publicized event, PGE blew the concrete face off its dam on the Sandy River. For the next three months, large backhoes with pneumatic hammers pulverized, drilled, pulled apart and hauled off the remaining pieces of the dam. On Oct. 19, a rainstorm swept away the backfill that had accumulated behind the dam, making the Sandy totally free-flowing again, from its headwaters on Mt. Hood to its confluence with the Columbia River in Troutdale 56 miles away.

Biologists, conservationists, anglers, and others hailed the removal of Marmot Dam as a victory for imperiled native runs of Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead. The hope was that fish would benefit from better flows, better water quality and unrestricted access to prime spawning grounds in the uppermost reaches of the river.

DFW staff members unfurl a tangle net before drifting it through a deep hole in the Sandy River. A swimmer, wearing a dry suit, took one end of the net to the other side of the river and swam down and back across the stream in an arc, creating an action in the net that some compared to closing a purse. (ODFW)

So has 10 years of a free-flowing Sandy River been good for fish?

The answer is an unqualified ‘yes’, according to Todd Alsbury, ODFW district fish biologist for the Sandy, and one of the partners in the removal of Marmot Dam.

Fish biologists Todd Alsbury (right), Ben Walczak (center), and Danette Faucera (left), wearing wet and dry suits, wade the icy Salmon River, a tributary of the Sandy, in an attempt to push salmon downstream where they can be collected in a seine net. (ODFW)

Now, for the past three years, when other runs of salmon and steelhead around the region have been down, the Sandy has been seeing increasingly strong returns; in some cases, double what they were a decade ago before Marmot Dam was removed.

“While not solely due to dam removal, returns of wild spring Chinook, winter steelhead, and coho have increased significantly as compared to their abundance before the dam was removed,” said Alsbury, who noted that in the 10 years since Marmot Dam was removed ODFW has observed the largest returns for all three species in the 40 years.

ODFW staff members work together to pull in a net full of fish. Through trial and error they developed a coordinated approach that was very effective at landing Chinook. (ODFW)

For example, the number of wild spring Chinook increased from an average of 809 before dam removal to 2,086 afterwards. Similarly, coho increased from 784 returning fish before dam removal to 1,959 afterward, and wild winter steelhead increased from 898 to 2,757.

To really gauge how successful removal has been, though, it helps to look at how the fish were doing prior to removal of the dam.

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hatchery technicians Rob Dietrichs (right) and Dave VanAmburgh (center) remove a chinook salmon from a tangle net while Dannette Faucera, assistant district fish biologist, prepares to scoop the fish up for transport aboard an ATV, then a tank truck to an ODFW hatchery in Clackamas. (ODFW)

Wild spring Chinook were nearly extirpated in the 1950s and ’60s by dam operations, habitat losses, and other human impacts. During this period, fishery managers tried to rebuild the population with hatchery Chinook, which were intercepted in a trap at Marmot Dam and trucked to Sandy Fish Hatchery, where the next generation of fish was spawned and reared.

However, fisheries management changed dramatically in 1998 when the fish were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This triggered discussions about ways to recover the fish, including by taking out Marmot Dam and reducing releases of hatchery fish so there would be fewer of them to compete with the ESA-listed wild fish. These discussions also led to one of the first integrated brood programs whereby wild spring Chinook were reared at the hatchery, and later cross-bred with hatchery Chinook to create a fish closely resembling the native fish, instead of looking outside the basin for replacement stock with different genetics.

Members of ODFW fish staff put a chinook salmon into an aluminum box filled with water from the Sandy River. The boxes were strapped to ATVs, which carried the fish about three-fourths of a mile through the woods to a pickups equipped with tanks designed to keep them in good shape during the 20-mile ride to the hatchery. (ODFW)

When Marmot Dam was removed, ODFW biologists lost a fish trap that gave them the ability to catch and separate wild fish. The fish needed to be separated so the wild ones could go on upstream to spawn while the hatchery fish were captured and taken to the hatchery to spawn. For the first two years after dam removal, ODFW staff netted brood stock out of the river using large seine nets pulled by swimmers in full wetsuits. Later on, biologists installed weirs, or portable traps, in the river for this purpose.

To continue providing a recreational fishery, Alsbury and his staff developed an acclimation site to rear and release juvenile fish at a location that is suitable for returning adult fish. They now collect adult fish using temporary weirs near the release location to capture returning adults. Afterwards, the weir can be removed from the river.

“Our goal is to first protect native runs of native salmon and steelhead while at the same time providing a robust recreational fishery,” said Alsbury. “Thanks to a lot of hard work on the part of many dedicated individuals and a lot of collaboration we are starting to see some impressive results.”

“Habitat is the key,” Alsbury added, noting that the Sandy is one of the few rivers where fish habitat is now being added faster than it is being degraded or lost, and that salmon are now showing up to spawn in habitat that didn’t exist before.

Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (10-17-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (10/14) flight, 314 salmonid boats and six Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam.  Anglers fishing in the John Day Pool averaged 0.38 Chinook and 0.13 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 2.00 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.67 Chinook, 1.10 coho and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.46 Chinook and 0.29 coho caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.41 Chinook and 0.10 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing from Portland to Westport averaged 0.25 Chinook and 0.26 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the John Day Pool averaged 1.00 coho caught per angler.

CLAY HULL REPORTS THE BITE WAS ON AT RINGOLD ON THE LOWER END OF THE MID-COLUMBIA RIVER’S HANFORD REACH LAST WEEKEND. HE WAS FISHING WITH SON WILLIAM AND GUIDE BRICE O’DOHERTY. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

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

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 41 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and six coho adults kept, plus two coho adults released for 28 boats (79 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 31 Chinook adults and four coho adults kept, plus two Chinook adults, one Chinook jack, four coho adults and one coho jack released for 80 boats (167 anglers).

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

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:
Weekend checking showed 14 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack, 13 coho adults and one coho jack kept, plus two coho adults released for 57 boats (129 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 44 Chinook adults, six Chinook jacks, 75 coho adults, one coho jack and two steelhead kept, plus two Chinook adults, one coho adult, and one steelhead released for 69 boats (164 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults kept for two boats (seven anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two coho adults kept for two bank anglers; and three Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept, plus one steelhead released for eight boats (14 anglers).

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal sturgeon, one legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: No report.

Bonneville Pool:  Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for one boat (two anglers).

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

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 25 walleye kept, plus 15 walleye released for five boats (eight anglers).

…………………….

Salmon/Steelhead

Mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the South Fork and West Fork Grays from the mouth upstream to boundary markers 300 yards below the hatchery road bridge – Under permanent rules, closes to all fishing from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30. These areas will reopen to fishing for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 1.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream:  25 bank rods released 1 cutt.  19 boat anglers kept 6 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 4 adult coho.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  26 bank rods kept 4 jack and 1 adult coho and released 16 adult Chinook, 2 adult coho, and 1 cutt.  11 boat rods kept 4 jack coho, 1 steelhead, and 5 cutts and released 1 jack and 7 adult Chinook, 2 jack and 2 adult coho, and 2 cutts.

North Fork Lewis River – 7 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.  2 boat anglers had no catch.

Drano Lake – 3 boat anglers had no catch.

Klickitat River – 32 bank anglers kept 10 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches are still holding up, at least until the rain forecasted for later this week.  Over 300 boats were counted during last Saturday’s flight.  Boat anglers averaged an adult Chinook per every other boat last week.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch during the current catch-and-release fishery.

2017 Wauna-Bonneville Dam Recreational White Sturgeon Fishery

Season: Saturday, October 21, Thursday, October 26

Area: Mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Daily bag limit: One fish

Legal size: 44-inch minimum and 50-inch maximum fork length (Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish).

Annual bag limit: Two fish (applicable to any/all 2017 retention fisheries)

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch.

Lower, Middle Columbia River Fishing Report (10-4-17)

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 487,000 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.

JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM OF YAKIMA BAIT REPORTS THAT JOHN PLUGHOFF OF PLUGHOFF OUTFITTERS IS DOING WELL ON MID-COLUMBIA CHINOOK WITH THE COMPANY’S HILDEBRANDT SALMON SPINNERS. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

*         Salmonid angling is good in the Bonneville Pool and the gorge.

*         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 angling is good in The Dalles and John Day pools.

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 (9/30) flight, 582 salmonid boats and 22 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 32 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers fishing in the John Day Pool averaged 0.50 Chinook and 0.21 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 0.15 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.83 Chinook, 0.20 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.84 Chinook, 0.24 coho and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 1.08 Chinook and 0.35 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.49 Chinook and 0.41 coho caught per boat.  Anglers fishing at Buoy 10 averaged 0.92 coho and 0.25 Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Bonneville Pool averaged 0.13 coho caught per angler.

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

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 89 Chinook adults, 11 Chinook jacks, and six coho adults kept, plus one Chinook adult, one Chinook jack, six coho adults and two steelhead released for 49 boats (164 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 35 Chinook adults and nine coho adults kept, plus eight Chinook adults, one Chinook jack, and five coho adults released for 40 boats (73 anglers).

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

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 47 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, 26 coho adults and one coho jack kept, plus nine Chinook adults, one Chinook jack, 21 coho adults and three coho jacks released for 115 boats (275 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult, and eight coho adults kept, plus two Chinook adults, and three coho adults released for 12 boats (44 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed two Chinook jacks kept, plus one coho adult released for eight bank anglers; and 34 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks, eight coho adults and one steelhead kept for 41 boats (109 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed eight Chinook adults and eight Chinook jacks kept for 53 boats (163 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed seven Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and three coho adults kept for 14 boats (27 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.  No report.

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

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: No report.

Portland to Tongue Point:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 13 walleye kept for eight boats (16 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 88 walleye kept, plus 52 walleye released for 24 boats (46 anglers).

Southern Washington Fishing Report (10-2-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED WITH WDFW, INCLUDING PAUL HOFFARTH, AND JOE HYMER, PSMFC, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY HYMER

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Below I-5:  12 bank anglers had no catch.  16 boats/56 rods kept 4 adult Chinook, 4 adult and 11 jack coho and released 2 jack and 17 adult Chinook, 2 steelhead, and 5 jack and 5 adult coho.    Above the I-5 Bridge:  42 bank rods kept 1 jack and 3 adult Chinook, and 3 adult coho and released 5 adult Chinook, 1 steelhead, 1 jack and 2 adult coho, and 4 cutts.  No boat anglers were sampled.

WILLIAM HULL’S BACK AT IT, THIS TIME IN THE HANFORD REACH, WHERE HE DID WELL ON UPRIVER BRIGHTS WHILE FISHING WITH HIS DAD, CLAY, ON A GUIDED TRIP. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Cowlitz River from the barrier dam downstream is closed to retention of Chinook beginning today (Oct. 2).

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,187 coho adults, 334 coho jacks, 610 fall Chinook adults, 22 fall Chinook jacks, 12 summer-run steelhead, 19 spring Chinook adults, and 40 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 11 spring Chinook adults, 360 coho adults, 39 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released three spring Chinook adults, 438 coho adults, 59 coho jacks, eight spring Chinook adults and two cutthroat at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 20 fall Chinook adults, 13 fall Chinook jacks, 1,270 coho adults, 232 coho jacks and six cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,930 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, October 2. Water visibility is 14 feet and water temperature is 53.6 degrees F.

From Paul A. Hoffarth, District 4 Fish Biologist, WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife:

Yakima River Fall Salmon Fishery Update: Sept 1- Oct 1 – Fall chinook counts into the Yakima River have been slow and steady over the past two weeks at ~50 chinook per day (Columbia River DART). WDFW staff interviewed 182 anglers this past week with 16 adult salmon and 3 jacks observed in the harvest (29 hours per fish).  Most of the harvest has been recorded in the areas just downstream of the Grant Ave bridge. There were an estimated 831 angler trips for salmon in the lower Yakima River this past week with a total of 2,589 angler trips for the season. An estimated 138 adult chinook and 10 jack chinook have been harvested this season. Fishing should continue to improve over the next few weeks of the season.

The Columbia River from McNary Dam upstream to the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco/Kennewick is closed to fishing for steelhead until December 1. This area will remain open to fishing and harvest of salmon (chinook & coho).  Any modifications to this closure will be posted on the WDFW website.

There were an estimated 714 angler trips for salmon and steelhead in the McNary to Snake River portion of the Columbia River this past week.  WDFW staff interviewed 51 anglers from 32 boats and 98 bank anglers fishing for steelhead/salmon.  Anglers reported harvesting three hatchery steelhead, 3 adult chinook, and 1 coho.

There have been 2,187 angler trips for steelhead/salmon in the McNary area through September 30 with a harvest of 23 steelhead, 21 adult chinook, 3 jack chinook, and 5 coho. An additional 9 wild steelhead have been released. Angler effort and harvest was well below last season.

Trout

Recent plants of one pound cutthroats.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

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Skamania County – Region 5
Sep 26, 2017
Cutthroat
530
1
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