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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:

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.

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).

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).

Chance To Join Columbia River Fishery Advisory Panels; Nominations Due By Nov. 30

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

Fishery managers in Oregon and Washington are seeking candidates to fill positions on advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. The term is for three years from 2018-2020.

OREGON AND WASHINGTON FISHERY MANAGERS ARE LOOKING TO FILL POSITIONS ON  ADVISORY PANELS FOR SPORT AND COMMERCIAL FISHERIES HELD ON THE COLUMBIA AND SNAKE RIVERS. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

The two states’ fish and wildlife departments will accept nominations to their joint advisory groups on Columbia River sport and commercial fisheries through Thursday, Nov. 30. The two groups meet two to four times per year to assist with developing recommendations for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and smelt fisheries.

Members are also expected to provide comments on issues addressed by the North of Falcon season-setting process for salmon fisheries, Columbia River Compact commercial fishing hearings and joint state hearings on sport fishing regulations.

“Advisory group members provide an important voice for the fishing public,” said Tucker Jones, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Program Manager for Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Fisheries. “We’re looking for candidates who are interested in filling that role.”

Up to 20 candidates (combined) from Oregon and Washington will be chosen for each advisory group, which together represent most aspects of the fishing industry in Columbia River, Jones said.

Any group or individual may submit a nomination. Nominations for new advisors should include the following information: A resume with contact information and a statement that describes the nominee’s fishing experience, interest in serving on the committee and ability to communicate with regional constituents. Current members may re-apply by contacting staff and expressing interest in serving an additional term.

Nominations can be submitted by mail to John North, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 17330 SE Clackamas, OR 97015, by FAX at (971) 673-6072, or by email to john.a.north@state.or.us.

For more information, please contact John North at 971-673-6029, Tucker Jones at 971-673-6067, or visit ODFW’s Columbia River Fisheries Management page on-line.

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.

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).

Night Fishing For Walleye On Mid-, Lower Columbia Reopened; 1 More Keeper Sturgeon Day Coming

Walleye and catfish anglers can again fish at night on much of the Columbia starting Saturday, while a large portion of the lower river will reopen for a third day of sturgeon retention this month.

Oregon and Washington fishery managers made those calls this afternoon during a teleconference.

WALLEYE ANGLERS HAD OBJECTED TO THE NIGHT FISHING CLOSURE ON THE COLUMBIA, DONE TO PROTECT LOW ESTEELHEAD RETURNS, AND NOW STATE MANAGERS ARE OPENING THE MAINSTEM BELOW HANFORD DURING THE HOURS OF DARKNESS FOR WALLEYE, CATFISH AND BASS FISHING. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

The mainstem up to Hanford has been closed to fishing after dark since mid-June as state managers tried to protect a weak steelhead return as it made stops at Drano Lake and other cool-water tribs that can be good night fisheries for the species.

But that wasn’t popular with walleye anglers in particular, and so with where the A- and B-runs are at now and the “extremely low likelihood of steelhead encounters in non-salmonid fisheries,” managers recommended easing the restrictions from the Reach down to Buoy 10.

Steelhead, salmon, trout, whitefish and sturgeon fishing, however, will remain closed at night in that stretch.

Speaking of sturgeon, after last Saturday’s low catch — just 184, or 35 percent of what had been expected — there was still enough keepers modeled to be available after today’s retention opener for another day of fishing.

That’s now set for Saturday, Oct. 28, under the same limits as before — one white sturgeon with a fork length of 44 to 50 inches — and in the same waters — Bonneville to Wauna powerlines.

It’s unclear how much yesterday’s relatively small sewage spill at Vancouver will have affected today’s turnout and catch. But as the health advisory was up for 48 hours, it ends as of midday Friday.

Advice For Columbia Sturgeon Chefs: Wash, Cook Catch Thoroughly

Yesterday morning’s 100,000-gallon raw sewage spill from a City of Vancouver treatment plant into the Columbia caught a lot of attention, especially coming on the eve of today’s sturgeon retention opener.

Through the day Wednesday, city officials backed off their initial no-contact directive for the river below the railroad bridge below I-5, and state fishery managers worked overtime to inform the fishing public about the situation.

Last night around 7:30, an email from the Columbia River Compact — basically, WDFW’s and ODFW’s local offices on or near the lower river — was sent out with this statement:

“‘We believe the risk of exposure to pathogens from the sewage spill to fishers is low, but as a precaution, if you catch fish downstream of the sewage release, wash it with fresh potable water and cook it thoroughly before eating.’ – Clark County Center for Community Health”

It also says say the health department “asks” people to avoid the water for 48 hours.

To put the size of the spill in comparison, it equaled about one-ninth of a single second’s flow of the Columbia as measured about 50 miles upstream at Bonneville.

As an ODFW fishery manager tweeted at us last night, 100,000 gallons equals around 13,400 cubic feet, and the river was flowing through the dam at 115,000 cubic feet per second yesterday.

The purpose wasn’t to downplay the incident but give it a relative size for comparison’s sake.

Between the dam and the site of the spill it picks up the Washougal and Sandy Rivers, as well as numerous creeks, and just below it half of the Willamette joins the Columbia.

Sturgeon retention is open today between Bonneville and the Wauna powerlines, around 40 miles above Buoy 10, limit one with a fork length of 44 to 50 inches.

Whether you decide to “match the hatch,” as one wag noted, is your own business, but many anglers already use nitrile gloves and yesterday’s spill may be the impetus for others to do so as well.

And be sure to wash the meat of your catch with tap water and make sure it’s fully cooked.

Anglers and others who’ve been on the Columbia and may be concerned about their health can call Clark County Public Health, (360) 397-8428.