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2018 Columbia Fall Salmon Outlook, SW WA Tribs Springer Forecasts Issued

Columbia salmon managers are offering more glimpses at how 2018 returns to the big river may shape up.

Following on last week’s spring Chinook forecast, this afternoon they’ve issued outlooks for fall Chinook and coho stocks.

RETURNS OF FALL BRIGHTS TO THE HANFORD REACH ARE EXPECTED TO RETURN AT PRE-2013 LEVELS, WHICH IS TO SAY, NOT AS GOOD AS WE’VE BEEN SEEING IN RECENT SEASONS. CLAY AND WILLIAM HULL SHOW OFF ONE CAUGHT ON THE HANFORD REACH THIS YEAR. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

But where the year’s first salmon is predicted to see an uptick, it doesn’t look as positive for the year’s last major runs.

Here’s what the just-issued report says in full:

COLUMBIA RIVER FALL CHINOOK
2017 PRELIMINARY RETURNS AND
OUTLOOK FOR 2018

2017 Preliminary Returns
? Adult fall Chinook returns were predicted to be 614,000 fish.
? Preliminary returns are about three-fourths of the forecast.
? Bright stock jack returns are similar to last year.

2018 Outlook
? Bright stocks should be similar to years prior to 2013.
? Tule stocks should be less than the recent 10 year average.
? Poor ocean conditions along the Oregon and Washington coasts could potentially have negative impacts on tule fall Chinook and Coho returns.

Columbia River Coho
? 2017 preliminary return is a little over half of the preseason forecast of 319,300.
? Jack returns to the Columbia River are about 70% of the recent 3-year average.

Tule Stocks
LRH – Lower River Hatchery stock
BPH – Bonneville Pool Hatchery stock
Bright Stocks
URB – Upriver Bright stock
PUB – Pool Upriver Bright stock
BUB – Bonneville Bright stock
LRW – Lower River Wild stock
SAB – Select Area Bright stock

And in one final burst of foresoothery, WDFW’S Region 5 office put predictions for the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis:

SW WA, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (12-4-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

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.

BUZZ RAMSEY REPORTS THAT BLACK FRIDAY RAINBOWS ARE STILL ON THE LOOSE AT ROWLAND LAKE. HIS SON BLAKE AND FRIEND CHRIS SESSIONS PICKED UP THESE LAST FRIDAY BY TROLLING A MAG LIP 2.5. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

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.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes*

Adult WintersNov 20, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
* SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=SPEARFISH%20LK%20(KLIC)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 29, 2017
Rainbow
79
0.1GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 27, 2017
Rainbow
100
0.1
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Lower Columbia Fishery Biologist’s Good, Bad, Ugly From 2017 Fisheries

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED WITH JOE HYMER, PSMFC SUPERVISING FISHERY BIOLOGIST

2017 Lower Columbia mainstem from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam sport totals – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Note: Does not include Buoy 10.

A BIG RUN OF SHAD YIELDED WHAT’S BELIEVED TO BE THE SECOND HIGHEST SPORT CATCH SINCE 1969. (ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS)

The Good

Summer and Fall Chinook – The 3,516 summer and 26,138 fall Chinook adults caught this year were the 4th and 6th highest, respectively, since at least 1969. The record are the over 5,900 adult summer Chinook and 41,500 adult fall Chinook, both records which were set in 2015.

Coho – Over 3,100 adult coho were kept this year, the 4th highest since at least 1969. The record are the nearly 5,800 fish caught in 2014.

Shad – Even without estimates for this May, the nearly 170,000 shad kept in 2017 are the 2nd highest since at least 1969. The record are the nearly 195,000 fish caught during all of 2013.

White Sturgeon – The 430 fish estimated caught from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam were the first since 2013.

The Bad

Salmonid Effort – Lowest in nearly a decade and almost 100,000 angler trips less than the recent 10 year average.

The Ugly

Summer Steelhead – The less than 1,700 fish kept this year are the lowest since the complete closures in the mid-1970’s.

White Sturgeon – The 430 fish estimated caught from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam are but a fraction of the 62,450 fish estimated kept in 1987.

Sea-Run Cutthroats – This is the 4th consecutive year with no estimated fish kept.

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (11-27-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED FROM ODFW AND WDFW 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 15 adult coho kept, plus one Chinook and adult coho released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

OUTDOOR REPORTER TERRY OTTO OF THE COLUMBIAN AND WADE RAMSEY SHOW OFF A PAIR OF BLACK FRIDAY LIMITS CAUGHT AT ROWLAND LAKE IN THE SPACE OF JUST A COUPLE HOURS. THEY WERE TROLLING 2.5 MAG LIP. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

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

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): Weekly checking showed no catch for five boats (15 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. No report.

WALLEYE

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

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

John Day Pool: No report.

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Salmon/Steelhead

Mainstem Grays from the mouth upstream to the Hwy. 4 Bridge and West Fork from 300 yards below the salmon hatchery road bridge upstream to the hatchery intake/footbridge – Effective November 16, the night closure, anti-snagging rules, and stationary gear rule restrictions are no longer be in effect.

Mainstem Grays from Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the South Fork and West Fork Grays River from mouth upstream to 300 yards below hatchery road bridge – Opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead, hatchery coho, and adipose and/or ventral fin clipped Chinook beginning December 1.

Green River, North Fork Toutle River, and mainstem Toutle River from mouth to forks – November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho.

Outlet Creek (Cowlitz Co.) – November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon.

South Fork Toutle River – From 4100 Bridge upstream, November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho. The mouth to the bridge remains open to fishing for hatchery steelhead with selective gear rules in effect beginning December 1.

Mill Creek (tributary to Cowlitz River) – Beginning December 1, opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead, hatchery sea run cutthroats, and hatchery salmon from the mouth to the salmon hatchery road crossing culvert. Selective gear rules, night closures and anti-snagging rules will be in effect for this one month fishery.

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  11 bank rods had no catch.  No boat anglers were sampled.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  18 bank rods kept 1 jack and 8 adult coho and released 7 adult coho.  1 boat rod had no catch.

Under permanent rules, the night closure and anti-snagging rule is lifted from Mill Creek upstream to the Barrier Dam effective Dec. 1.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 4,494 coho adults, 132 coho jacks, 21 fall Chinook adults, two fall Chinook jacks, 32 cutthroat trout, and 25 summer-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 833 coho adults and 14 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 421 coho adults at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 948 coho adults, 20 coho jacks, 21 fall Chinook adults, two fall Chinook jacks and three cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 546 coho adults and 17 coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 14,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, November 27. Water visibility is four feet and water temperature is 48.3 degrees F.

North Fork Lewis River – 10 bank and 4 boat rods had no catch.  Flows below Merwin Dam are currently 11,600 cfs, nearly twice the long-term mean for this date.

Under permanent rules, effective December 1 the night closure and anti-snagging rules will no longer be in effect from Johnson Creek (below the salmon hatchery) upstream to Colvin Creek (above the salmon hatchery).

Klickitat River – Under permanent rules, the Klickitat River from Fishway #5 upstream closes to fishing for salmon and trout (including hatchery steelhead) beginning December 1. The whitefish only season from 400 feet above Fishway #5 upstream to the Yakama Reservation boundary begins December 1. Whitefish gear rules will be in effect.

Trout

Swift Reservoir from the dam upstream to the Eagle Cliff Bridge – No report on angling success.  Remains open to fishing through November 30. Until then, the daily limit is 10 hatchery rainbows. Landlocked salmon rules are in effect (salmon count towards the trout daily limit); however, all salmon larger than 15 inches must be released.

Recent plants of one-pound rainbows into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

* BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=BATTLE%20GROUND%20LK%20(CLAR)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

* FORT BORST PRK LK (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=FORT%20BORST%20PRK%20LK%20(LEWI)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 22, 2017
Rainbow
750
1
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.8
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

* KLINELINE PD (CLAR)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KLINELINE%20PD%20(CLAR)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
1,500
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

* KRESS LK (COWL)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KRESS%20LK%20(COWL)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 22, 2017
Rainbow
750
1
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,500
0.97
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.8
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

* LEWIS CO PRK PD-S (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LEWIS%20CO%20PRK%20PD-S%20(LEWI)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 22, 2017
Rainbow
750
1
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.8
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

* ROWLAND LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=ROWLAND%20LK%20(KLIC)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,242
0.97
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
547
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
463
0.97
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (11-21-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  13 bank rods kept 2 adult coho.  5 boat rods kept 3 adult coho and released 2.  Above the I-5 Br:  104 bank rods kept 1 jack and 43 adult coho and released 31 adult coho.  31 boat rods kept 16 adult coho and released 3 adult Chinook and 12 adult coho.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 1,182 coho adults, 92 coho jacks, 19 fall Chinook adults, 52 cutthroat trout, and two summer-run steelhead during six days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 111 coho adults and 21 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and 104 coho adults and six coho jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 626 coho adults, 50 coho jacks, four fall Chinook adults, and nine cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 223 coho adults and two coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 10,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, November 20. Water visibility is seven feet and water temperature is 50 degrees F.

Lower Hanford Reach Steelhead Fishery – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Pasco WA – Steelhead fishing continues to be slow to fair in the lower Hanford Reach.  Bank anglers have averaged a steelhead for 20.5 hours of fishing.  Boat anglers are doing considerably better at 1.1 steelhead per boat (9.3 hours per fish). WDFW staff has interviewed 144 bank anglers fishing for steelhead in November with 47 steelhead caught and 33 hatchery steelhead harvested. Staff interviewed 22 boats (62 anglers) with 25 steelhead caught and 15 harvested.

The majority of the steelhead caught are double clipped and legal to harvest. 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 816 steelhead.

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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 17 adult coho kept, plus one adult coho released for 12 boats (27 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and Joh Day Arm): Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and one jack Chinook kept for two bank anglers; and four steelhead released for 13 boats (28 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.  No report.

WALLEYE

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

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 10 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for three boats (eight anglers).

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.

NMFS Puts Joint WDFW-Tribal Green-Duwamish Hatchery Production Plan Out For Review

State and tribal fishery managers are proposing to increase hatchery salmon and steelhead production by 14 percent in the Green-Duwamish under a federal draft EIS now out for public comment.

The bump is related to three new programs that have a goal of eventually putting young Chinook, coho and winter steelhead above a dam in the headwaters of the King County river.

DUWAMISH RIVER HATCHERY COHO.

As it stands, the plan calls for raising as many as 5.1 million fall Chinook, 5 million chum, 3.41 million coho, 383,000 late-winter steelhead and 100,000 summer steelhead, up from a maximum of 12.44 million currently.

More than 1.5 million of those — 600,000 kings, 600,000 coho and 350,000 late-winter steelhead — would be reared for release as fry, subyearlings or yearlings above or below Howard Hanson by the Muckleshoot Tribe once a “Fish Restoration Facility” is completed below Tacoma Public Utilities’ structure at river mile 64, where downstream passage facilities don’t currently exist but are “tentatively scheduled” to begin construction on next year.

Outside of winter-runs, WDFW, Muckleshoot and other hatcheries on the system rear fish to fuel sport and tribal fisheries on Puget Sound, Elliott Bay and in the river.

Where at one time the Green was one of Puget Sound’s top streams for steelheading in December, January and February, these days managers are trying to conserve and recover the river’s low natural stocks.

The 10 hatchery programs covered by the plan “would be adaptively managed over time to incorporate best management practices as new information is available,” according to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Duwamish-Green Hatcheries Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Other options call for a continuation of the status quo, which is to say without ESA coverage, and terminating or cutting production in half.

NMFS is taking comment through Dec. 20.

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (10-31-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. Downstream:  4 bank rods released 2 cutts.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  22 bank rods kept 14 adult coho and released 7 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 6 adult coho.  No boats were sampled last week.

NICOLE GREENWOOD CAUGHT THIS COWLITZ RIVER HATCHERY COHO IN MID-OCTOBER ON A MAG LIP. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 4,418 coho adults, 512 coho jacks, 398 fall Chinook adults, 12 fall Chinook jacks, 97 cutthroat trout, and 120 summer-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 1,010 coho adults, 128 coho jacks, and one cutthroat trout and into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 814 coho adults and 90 coho jacks  at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 1,875 coho adults, 203 coho jacks, 37 fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and 16 cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, WA and they released 232 coho adults and 40 coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle, WA.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, October 30. Water visibility is five feet and water temperature is 51.5 degrees F.

Kalama River – 8 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.

Mainstem Lewis River – 4 bank rods had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 1 adult coho.  27 boat rods kept 7 adult Chinook and 18 adult coho and released 2 jack and 8 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.

Klickitat River – 9 bank anglers kept 4 adult coho.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 170 salmonid anglers (including 66 boats) with 7 adult coho and 1 jack and 2 adult Chinook.  All of the coho and the jack Chinook were kept; one of the adult Chinook was kept and the other released.

Hanford Reach – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Biologist in Pasco:  Based on the data we collected this fall, a preliminary estimate of 11,319 adult chinook, 868 jacks, and 19 coho were harvested in the Hanford Reach fall fishery.  There were an estimated 30,070 angler trips. Escapement will likely be in the 50-60,000 adults range this year.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem above the Wauna powerlines – Catch rates improved somewhat but effort dropped with 381 sturgeon boats and 243 bank anglers tallied on Saturday’s flight.  Over 1,000 boats and 500 bank anglers were counted during each of the previous 2 retention days. Still have 2/3 of the guideline (something like 834 fish) left.