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2018 Columbia Fall Chinook Forecast Out

Columbia salmon managers say around 365,000 fall Chinook will come back to the big river in 2018, a dropoff from last year’s forecast and actual return.

GUIDE BOB REES THUMPS A COLUMBIA RIVER FALL CHINOOK CAUGHT IN THE BUOY 10 FISHERY DURING 2014’S SEASON. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

The annual prediction from state, tribal and federal biologists is about half of the average run we’ve seen over the past decade. They say that lingering bad ocean conditions — damn you, Blob! — are probably the reason why.

As for the stock breakdown, as usual the strongest segment will be upriver brights, which spawn in the free-flowing Hanford Reach as well as Snake River and other inland tribs.

A total of 200,100 are predicted, down from last year’s actual run of 297,100 and forecast of 260,000.

Returns of Lower Columbia hatchery stocks are forecast at 62,400, which actually is about where the 2017 run came in, though lower than last year’s predicted 92,400.

Last year’s forecast was for 582,600 fall kings of all stocks, but only 475,900 returned.

The forsoothery builds on the outlook managers put out in December and will be used during the North of Falcon salmon-season-setting process for all of Washington and northern Oregon.

Too Wild Life At Sauvie Has ODFW Considering Booze Ban

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

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host a public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 22 to discuss a proposed seasonal ban on the use of alcohol on the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.

ALONG WITH UPLAND BIRD AND WATERFOWL HUNTING, THE SAUVIE ISLAND WILDLIFE AREA FEATURES GOOD PLUNKING BEACHES WHICH IN SPRING AND SUMMER ATTRACT OTHER RECREATIONISTS. (ODFW)

 The meeting is open to the public and will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sauvie Island Grange Hall, located on the island at 14443 NW Charlton Rd., Portland, OR 97231.

ODFW is proposing to prohibit the possession and use of alcoholic beverages on the wildlife area from May 1 through Sept. 30 each year. This is when the number of people using wildlife area beaches is typically the highest and alcohol-related problems are most significant, according to Mark Nebeker, SIWA manager.

Over the past several years, ODFW has documented an increase in alcohol-related problems at SIWA beaches, despite increased law enforcement, including saturation patrols. Wildlife area management and OSP believe that an alcohol ban during the summer months will significantly reduce alcohol-related problems, and thus the need for additional law enforcement and emergency medical personnel.

Last year, 17 individuals were arrested for DUII as they travelled away from Sauvie Island beaches, and 36 percent of all DUII arrests in Columbia County by OSP troopers were those travelling from SIWA beaches. 

For the past five years, the number of visitors to the beach area annually from May through September is estimated at approximately 488,465 people. During periods of hot weather, the number of people on the beaches can exceed 16,000 people a day, exceeding the capacity of emergency services personnel to effectively respond to all the alcohol-related problems.

The proposed alcohol ban is also an agenda item for the March 16 meeting of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission in Salem.

Lower, Mid-Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (2-12-18)

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

Columbia River Angling Report

Salmonid catch and effort is slow but should improve as the salmon begin to move into the lower Columbia.  On Saturday’s (2/10) flight, 18 salmonid boats and 41 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River estuary to Bonneville Dam.

BEFORE IT CLOSED FOR RETENTION, THE JOHN DAY POOL YIELDED A KEEPER STURGEON FOR WILLIAM HULL. HE WAS FISHING WITH HIS DAD CLAY AND O’DOHERTY OUTFITTERS. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: No report.

Troutdale Boats: No report.

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed two steelhead released for 60 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: No report.

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): No report.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): No report.

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

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

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

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Closed for retention.  No report.

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

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed three sublegal sturgeon released for 53 bank anglers; and two legal white sturgeon kept, plus 19 sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released for 41 boats (96 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed six walleye kept for two bank anglers; and 250 walleye kept, plus 70 walleye released for 52 boats (104 anglers).

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McNary Reservoir Steelhead Fishery

WDFW staff interviewed 5 boat anglers (3 boats) and 9 bank anglers fishing above McNary Dam in February. Bank anglers averaged 6.5 hours per steelhead. Much slower for boat anglers at 23 hours per steelhead. All steelhead encountered were wild, caught and released.

Lower Hanford Reach Steelhead Fishery

WDFW staff interviewed 16 boat anglers and 19 bank anglers in February. Boats are averaging 5.3 hours per steelhead. Much slower for bank anglers at 34 hours per fish. The majority of the fish caught are hatchery origin (11 of 12).

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Lower Columbia mainstem and its tributaries sport sampling summaries for Feb. 5-11

A Joint State/Compact hearing to consider recreational fisheries for Spring Chinook is scheduled for 10am February 21, 2018 at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn (11707 NE Airport Way).

Cowlitz River –  From the I-5 Br. downstream:  35 bank rods kept 1 steelhead.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  22 bank anglers released 1 steelhead and 1 adult coho.  14 boats/40 rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 8 steelhead and released 1 steelhead and 1 cutthroat.

Lower Columbia mainstem from the I-5 Br. downstream –  Water looks prime for salmon fishing but just 18 boats and 73 bank rods were tallied during last Saturday’s flight.

Washington only creel checks:

Sec. 4 (Vancouver) bank – 2 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Sec. 5 (Woodland) bank – 9 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Sec. 6 (Kalama) bank – 2 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Sec. 8 (Longview) bank – 2 salmonid anglers released 1 steelhead.
Sec. 8 boat – 1 boat/1 salmonid angler had no catch.
Sec. 9 (Cathlamet) bank – 1 salmonid angler had no catch.

John Day Pool – No effort was observed for steelhead.

Sturgeon

John Day Pool – Closed for sturgeon retention through the rest of this year.

Walleye and Bass

John Day Pool – Boat anglers averaged over 3 walleye kept/released per rod.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size rainbows into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=BATTLE+GROUND+LK+%28CLAR%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Clark County – Region 5
Feb 05, 2018
Rainbow
1,500
1.9
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

KLINELINE PD (CLAR)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KLINELINE+PD+%28CLAR%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Clark County – Region 5
Feb 05, 2018
Rainbow
1,500
1.9
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

Smelt

Not much sign of smelt during the lower Columbia mainstem sport effort flight last Saturday.  There were a few seals from Wallace Is. to Rice Is. but no sea lions and no bird activity except for few gulls following an outbound ship.

All waters within the state of Washington remain closed to fishing for Columbia River smelt (eulachon).

SW WA, Columbia Gorge Fishing Report (1-30-18)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Effort and catches are light.  From the I-5 Br. downstream -14 bank rods kept 1 steelhead.  Above the I-5 Br:  14 bank rods released 1 adult coho and 3 cutts.  1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 38 coho adults and six winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released six coho adults and three winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa near Randle. They released seven coho adults and one winter-run steelhead into the Cispus River located near Yellow Jacket Creek in Randle.

Tacoma Power also released 16 coho adults and two winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton. The Franklin Bridge release site in Packwood currently is damaged due to recent high water.  Repairs are ongoing and the release site should be useable soon.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 13,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, January 29. Water visibility is five feet and water temperature is 43.1 degrees F.

Bonneville and John Day pools – Little to no effort and no steelhead catch was observed.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged a legal per every 3 rods last week.  Bank anglers also caught some legals.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers caught some legals.  Fishing was slow from the bank.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville and John Day pools – Boat anglers averaged nearly 2 walleye per rod.  A few bass were also caught.

Trout

Plants of half-pound rainbows into SW WA waters last week.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=BATTLE+GROUND+LK+%28CLAR%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Clark County – Region 5
Jan 22, 2018
Rainbow
1,500
2
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

ICE HOUSE LK (SKAM)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=ICE+HOUSE+LK+%28SKAM%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Skamania County – Region 5
Jan 22, 2018
Rainbow
1,000
2
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

KLINELINE PD (CLAR)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KLINELINE+PD+%28CLAR%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Clark County – Region 5
Jan 22, 2018
Rainbow
1,500
2
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (1-16-18)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  5 bank rods had no catch.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  19 bank and 1 boat rods had no catch.

WITH HER STEELHEAD RIVER RUNNING HIGH, PAULA CORCORAN WENT WITH A SPIN-N-GLO TAPED WITH HYPER-VIS AND FISHED CLOSE TO THE BANK, CATCHING THIS NICE WINTER-RUN. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Early hatchery steelhead returns to date

Kind of a mixed bag from the same time last year.

River                      2018                       2017

Grays                    0                              30
Elochoman          581                         36
Kalama                 246                         190
Lewis                     251                         1,084
Washougal          193                         128

Note:  Cowlitz is late stock.

Elochoman River – From Shane McEneny, WDFW Fish Hatchery Specialist 4 – This year’s return is coming back from a plant of only 65k smolts but is the first year since before 2009 that the fish were reared with predator netting and fencing. Numbers of returning adults have been phenomenal as we are close to 600 trapped for the season with anticipations of reaching 1,000.  We are surplussing and recycling adults which we haven’t done for years and the fishing pressure has been enormous with a lot of happy fisherman.  Next winter’s return will come back from a plant of almost double the smolts.

Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam – No effort was observed for steelhead.

Sturgeon

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  The Dalles Pool was the best with a legal kept per about every 3 rods.

Bass and Walleye

Bonneville Pool – No effort was observed for either specie.

The Dalles Pool – Bank and boat anglers are doing well for walleye.  No effort was observed for bass.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size to 10 pound rainbows and surplus adult winter steelhead released into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish perPound
Hatchery
Notes

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

Jan 08, 2018
Rainbow
100
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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

Jan 09, 2018
Rainbow
115
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Jan 04, 2018
Rainbow
2,400
2.34
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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

Jan 05, 2018
Rainbow
1,450
2.4
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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

Jan 09, 2018
Steelhead
8
0.1
KALAMA FALLS HATCHERY
Adult Winters

Jan 08, 2018
Steelhead
44
0.1
KALAMA FALLS HATCHERY
Adult Winters

Jan 05, 2018
Steelhead
26
0.1
KALAMA FALLS HATCHERY
Adult Winters

Jan 04, 2018
Rainbow
2,000
2.34
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Jan 04, 2018
Steelhead
30
0.1
KALAMA FALLS HATCHERY
Adult Winters

Jan 03, 2018
Steelhead
22
0.1
KALAMA FALLS HATCHERY
Adult Winters

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

Jan 10, 2018
Rainbow
30
0.1
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Jan 10, 2018
Rainbow
66
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

* SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=SPEARFISH%20LK%20(KLIC)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Jan 03, 2018
Rainbow
2,080
2.08
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Fewer Smelt Than Last Year’s Small Run Expected

Columbia smelt managers are forecasting the fewest of the tasty, oily fish back since at least 2011.

They say the run will be “smaller in magnitude than the 2017 return,” which saw 1.6 million pounds worth of eulachon come into the big river and its lower tributaries to spawn.

SMELT DIPPERS AND OBSERVERS GATHER ALONG THE LOWER COWLITZ ON FEBRUARY 25, 2017, DURING A FIVE-HOUR OPENER THAT WAS DESCRIBED AS “PRETTY MUCH A BUST” WHEN FEW CAUGHT ANY. (OLAF LANGNESS, WDFW)

Following test-boat fisheries, that was enough to open one day’s worth of dipping on the Cowlitz in late February.

But that turned out to be “largely a bust.”

Managers estimate sport dippers harvested all of 540 pounds.

That’s down from 290,000-plus pounds in 2015.

Poor ocean conditions are blamed for recent years’ declining smelt runs, which peaked with 16.6 million pounds in 2014.

A GRAPH AND CHART SHOW COLUMBIA RIVER SMELT ABUNDANCE AND HARVESTS IN RECENT YEARS. (WDFW)

Columbia smelt are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Following longterm declines, seasons were closed for three straight years, but with federal blessing, WDFW was able in 2014 to hold limited “research fisheries” to survey the population.

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (1-10-18)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  5 bank rods had no catch.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  5 bank rods released 4 cutthroats.  No boats were sampled.

YAKIMA BAIT’S JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM PASSED ALONG THIS PHOTO AND REPORT THAT TOBIE STEVENS CAUGHT THIS WINTER STEELHEAD AS WELL AS A LATE COHO USING A MAG LIP ON A SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON STREAM RECENTLY. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Bonneville Dam upstream to McNary Dam – No effort was observed for steelhead.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Pool – Including fish released, about 10% of the boat anglers caught a legal size fish.  Fishing was slow from the bank.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged a legal kept per every 7.7 rods.  Bank anglers also caught a few legals.

John Day Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

Walleye and Bass

Bonneville Pool – No effort was found for either specie.

The Dalles Pool – A bank angler caught a couple walleye.  No boat anglers were sampled.  No effort was observed for bass.

John Day Pool – Including fish released. Boat anglers averaged 0.7 walleye per rod.  No effort was observed for bass.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size to 10 pound rainbows released into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Catchable Trout Plants in the Last 30 Days

Last Updated: January 4, 2018

Lake/Pond

Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

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

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
1,500
2.1
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

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

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
10
0.1
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
20
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

* KLINELINE PD (CLAR)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KLINELINE%20PD%20(CLAR)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
1,500
2.1
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

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

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
20
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
10
0.1
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
20
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Jan 02, 2018
Rainbow
10
0.1
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (12-19-17)

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

ODFW Columbia River Angling Report

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): No report.

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 one steelhead kept, plus four steelhead released for two boats (three 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 sturgeon released for two boats (seven anglers).

WALLEYE

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

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 11 walleye kept, plus nine walleye released for eight boats (18 anglers).

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Washington Columbia River mainstem and its tributaries sport sampling summaries for Dec. 11-17

Under permanent regulations, December 31 is the last day to fish for steelhead and salmon in Mill Creek (Cowlitz River tributary) and salmon in Abernathy, Blue, Cedar, Coal, Germany, Goble, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, Rock Creek (Skamania Co.), Salmon (Clark Co.), Skamokawa creeks, the Elochoman, Grays (including West Fork), Coweeman, East Fork Lewis, and Washougal (including West/North Fork) rivers plus Drano and Mayfield lakes.

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  8 bank rods had no catch.  Above the I-5 Br: 14 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 1 adult coho, 1 steelhead, and 5 cutts.  1 boat angler had no catch.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 653 coho adults, 11 coho jacks, one fall Chinook adult, six cutthroat trout, one summer-run steelhead and 11 winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 50 coho adults and two coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 60 coho adults and one coho jack at Franklin Bridge, located in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 152 coho adults, three coho jacks, one winter-run steelhead and six cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and released 116 coho adults, two coho jacks and five winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 12,300 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, December 18. Water visibility is five feet and water temperature is 46.4 degrees F.

Lewis River (including North Fork) – Starting January 1, the adult salmon daily limit will be one hatchery Chinook. All other permanent regulations are in effect.

Columbia River mainstem – Starting January 1, anglers may retain up to two hatchery adult Chinook per day on the mainstem Columbia from the I-5 Bridge downstream. Upstream of the I-5 Bridge will close to fishing for salmon.

Sturgeon

Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam including adjacent tributaries – Starting January 1 until further notice, retention fishing for sturgeon will be open seven days a week. The daily limit will be one white sturgeon per person. Minimum size is 38 inches fork length; maximum size 54 inches fork length.

The Dalles Dam upstream to McNary Dam including adjacent tributaries – Starting January 1, retention fishing for sturgeon will be open seven days a week until harvest guidelines are reached. The daily limit will be one white sturgeon per person. Minimum size is 43 inches fork length; maximum size 54 inches fork length.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size and brood stock rainbows up to 10 pounds each.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

* ICE HOUSE LK (SKAM)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=ICE%20HOUSE%20LK%20(SKAM)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Dec 07, 2017
Rainbow
1,500
2.54
VANCOUVER 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>
Dec 07, 2017
Rainbow
2,000
2.54
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

* LACAMAS LK (CLAR)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LACAMAS%20LK%20(CLAR)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Dec 11, 2017
Rainbow
5,000
2.45
VANCOUVER 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>
Dec 08, 2017
Rainbow
50
0.1
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Dec 08, 2017
Rainbow
75
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Dec 07, 2017
Rainbow
50
0.1
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Dec 07, 2017
Rainbow
100
0.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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:

More Upriver Columbia Springers Expected In 2018

Columbia River salmon managers are forecasting a better spring Chinook run in 2018.

They’re expecting 166,700 bound for tributaries east of Bonneville Dam, according to a Facebook post by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.

SPENCER RHODES SHOWS OFF A WESTERN COLUMBIA GORGE HATCHERY SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT THIS SEASON. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

The prediction, which was made by the U.S. v. Oregon Technical Advisory Committee last week, is for almost 51,000 more than actually returned this year, 115,822.

This year’s original preseason forecast was for 160,400, which may provide a gauge for how 2018 recreational fisheries will shape up.

Snake River Chinook are expected to come in twice as strong as they did in 2017, with 107,400 forecast.

Upper Columbia summer kings are forecast to be about as strong as this year, with 67,300 expected.

Unfortunately, it looks like another bum sockeye year, with just under 100,000 returning to the Okanogan/Okanagan, Lake Wenatchee and Central Idaho.

With a similar sized run this year, managers had to scrub fisheries on the Columbia from the Tri-Cities area up to Chief Joseph Dam to get enough fish back on the gravel and for hatchery broodstock programs.

State fishery managers will meet with representatives from the sportfishing world this Wednesday at ODFW’s Clackamas office to go over the forecasts.