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Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (4-23-18)

THE FOLLOWING ORIGINATED WITH ODFW AND WDFW AND WERE TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Columbia River Angling Report

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Gorge Bank: CLOSED.  No report.

BRENDA SKINNER SHOWS OFF A SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT DURING THE APRIL 14 REOPENER. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock): CLOSED.  No report.

Troutdale Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Portland to Westport Bank: CLOSED.  No report.

Portland to St. Helens Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Goble to Beaver (Clatskanie) Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank: CLOSED. No report.

Westport to Buoy 10 Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one adult spring Chinook kept for 13 bank anglers.

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

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed four sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released for one boat (four anglers).

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 no catch for one boat (two anglers).

WALLEYE

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

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for one bank angler; and 20 walleye kept for four boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 111 walleye kept, plus 34 walleye released for 57 boats (128 anglers).

Washington Columbia River mainstem and its tributaries sport sampling summaries for April 16-22 + a BONUS FACTOID

BONUS FACTOID – The 551 adult spring Chinook counted at Bonneville Dam through April 22nd are the 2nd lowest on record.  The record low are the 427 adults counted through April 22, 2006.  However, over 126,000 spring Chinook were tallied crossing the dam by the end of that season (June 15, 2006).

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream:  143 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.  18 boat rods kept 2 adult spring Chinook.  Above the I-5 Bridge:  195 bank rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and 22 steelhead and released 2 steelhead.  91 boat rods kept 3 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 20 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 629 winter-run steelhead and 90 spring Chinook adults and two jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released eight winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 66 winter-run steelhead and 23 spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River, near Yellow Jacket Creek.

Tacoma Power also released 14 winter-run steelhead and 20 spring Chinook adults into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,280 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, April 23. Water visibility is five feet and the water temperature is 42.8 degrees F.

Bank anglers should note the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing from May 1 through June 15 per permanent regulations.

Kalama River – 29 bank anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook and released 5 steelhead.  10 boat anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook and released 3 steelhead.

Lewis River mainstem – 39 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook. 16 boat rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and released 1 adult spring Chinook.

North Fork Lewis River – 56 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook  43 boat rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and released 1 steelhead

Under current permanent rules, the Lewis (including North Fork) closes for spring Chinook effective May 1.  Also, the area from Johnson Creek upstream to the dam is closed to all fishing during the month of May.

Wind River – 12 boat anglers had no catch.

Effective May 1 through June 30, from the mouth to the Hwy. 14 Bridge each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Beginning May 1, anti-snagging rule will be in effect from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls upstream to boundary markers approximately 800 yards downstream from Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed 400 feet below to 100 feet above the Coffer Dam) -From May 1 through June 30, the salmon and steelhead daily limit will be a total of 2 chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Unmarked chinook may be retained in this section of the Wind. Night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Drano Lake -2 bank anglers had no catch. 57 boat anglers kept 8 adult spring Chinook

Effective May 1 through June 30, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Klickitat River – 5 bank anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – All fishing for sturgeon will be closed from May 1 through Aug. 31 in the sturgeon sanctuary from Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.

Bonneville Pool – Angling for sturgeon will be prohibited from May 1 through July 31 between The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

The Dalles Pool -Under permanent rules to protect spawning fish, closed to fishing for sturgeon from John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the west end of the grain silo at Rufus Oregon May 1 through July 31.

John Day Pool – Under permanent rules to protect spawning fish, closed to fishing for sturgeon from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to Hwy. 82 (Hwy. 395) Bridge May 1 through July 31.

Trout

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

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish perPound
Hatchery
Notes

KRESS LK (COWL)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KRESS+LK+%28COWL%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Cowlitz County – Region 5
Apr 16, 2018
Rainbow
3,361
2.31
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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
Apr 17, 2018
Rainbow
3,000
1.45
VANCOUVER HATCHERY
Tacoma Power released 3,600 rainbow trout into South Lewis County Park Pond.

 

 

SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (4-17-18)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS ORIGINATED WITH WDFW AND WERE TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Washington lower Columbia mainstem sport sampling summary – Sat. April 14

From Bonneville Dam downstream to the top of Puget Is., nearly 1,200 salmonid boats and over 600 bank anglers were counted during last Saturday’s flight.

WASHINGTON SIDE CATCH STATS FOR BOAT ANGLERS ON THE APRIL 14 COLUMBIA RIVER SPRING CHINOOK REOPENER. (WDFW)

MASON WEINHEIMER STRUGGLES TO LIFT A 20-POUND HATCHERY SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT ON THE APRIL 14 REOPENER. HE WAS FISHING IN THE VANCOUVER AREA WITH HIS DAD, JOSH, WHO REPORTED PRETTY FAST ACTION “THAT WAS A GREAT DAY, STARTED AT 12:30 AND BACK ON THE TRAILER AT 3:30,” HE EMAILED. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Washington Columbia River tributaries and lakes sampling summaries – April 9-15

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br downstream: 120 bank rods kept 2 adult spring Chinook and 2 steelhead. 17 boat rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook. Above the I-5 Br: 146 bank rods kept 14 adult spring Chinook and 20 steelhead and released 2 steelhead. 199 boat rods kept 3 adult spring Chinook and 49 steelhead and released 4 steelhead.

Most of the spring Chinook were checked at the barrier dam; steelhead at the trout hatchery.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 775 winter-run steelhead, 39 spring Chinook adults and two jacks during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 40 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 14 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook adult into the Cispus River, near Yellow Jacket Creek.

Tacoma Power also released 33 winter-run steelhead and one spring Chinook adult into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,340 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, April 16. Water visibility is 6 feet and the water temperature is 44.6 degrees F.
Kalama River – 33 bank anglers released 1 steelhead. 7 boat anglers had no catch.

Mainstem Lewis River – 15 bank rods released 1 adult spring Chinook. 1 boat angler had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 20 bank rods had no catch. 17 boat rods kept 3 adult spring Chinook and released 2 steelhead.

Wind River – 3 boat anglers had no catch.

Drano Lake – 4 boat anglers had no catch.

Klickitat River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size rainbows and cutthroats. No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

LACAMAS LK (CLAR)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LACAMAS+LK+%28CLAR%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Clark County – Region 5
Apr 09, 2018
Rainbow
6,000
2
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

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
Apr 10, 2018
Rainbow
2,000
2.5
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

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
Apr 11, 2018
Cutthroat
4,179
2.5
SKAMANIA HATCHERY

HORSESHOE LK (COWL)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=HORSESHOE+LK+%28COWL%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Cowlitz County – Region 5
Apr 11, 2018
Rainbow
3,367
2.6
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

KRESS LK (COWL)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KRESS+LK+%28COWL%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Cowlitz County – Region 5
Apr 11, 2018
Rainbow
3,120
2.6
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Tacoma Power released 1,600 rainbow trout into South Lewis County Park Pond.

Lower Columbia Springer Anglers Get Another Day Of Fishing

Spring Chinook anglers can chase their quarry again this Saturday, April 14, on the Columbia below Bonneville Dam.

State salmon managers made the decision to reopen the fishery yesterday afternoon after a very long conference call. Official rule-change notices haven’t been posted at this point, but here’s where to find ODFW’s and WDFW’s.

(ANDY WALGAMOTT)

They had initially proposed two days, the second being Wednesday, April 18, but there was quite a bit of pushback from upstream recreational and tribal fishing interests as well as from a higher-up at WDFW, according to Bill Monroe reporting in The Oregonian.

A fact sheet that came out before the meeting said that through April 7, anglers had accounted for 3,680 of the 7,157 available upriver mortalities, leaving 51 percent of the catch allocation at the 30 percent buffered runsize still available.

The forecast calls for 166,700 springers bound for tribs beyond Bonneville.

But this year’s return is coming in very sluggishly, with the tally breaking the triple-digit mark 20 days later than the 10-year average and the overall count of 125 through April 11 still the lowest on record for this same point of the run.

The Columbia has been running “slightly lower, colder, and clearer than recent 5-year averages for the first half of April,” managers reported.

Still, those are highly fishable conditions — at least if you’re not a plunker. Boaters have accounted for most of the catch.

“Given an available balance on the pre-season, buffered allocation of upriver spring Chinook(3,477 fish balance), there is potential for additional angling opportunity,” the fact sheet stated.

WDFW honchos have essentially been reacting to last year when a slow-developing run led to early closures in Eastern Washington.

It’s unclear how the rest of the 2018 springer run will proceed, but two things are for certain:

“Enjoy Saturday fishing, and in the meantime we will work hard to have a hearing to review the impacts as soon as is reasonable after the one day reopener,” read an email blast from the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association out last night.

 

‘New Record Low’ For Columbia Upriver Springer Run

This year’s Columbia River upriver spring Chinook run is off to a dubious start.

The 101 of the year’s first salmon counted at Bonneville so far is a “new record low,” according to Joe Hymer, a supervising fisheries biologist in Ridgefield.

A SPRINGER HOUND WONDERS, “WHERE ARE THE DANG FISH?” (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

It’s just 4.62 percent of the 10-year average at the dam for the date, 2,186.

“The previous record low were the 120 fish counted through April 10, 2005,” Hymer reported in an email factoid sent out this morning.

The April 10, 2006, count of 129 appears to be next lowest, a quick check of other low years’ tallies shows.

Even the lowest overall springer run seen at Bonneville, 1995’s, had pushed 1,616 over the dam by this point.

The 2018 forecast called for 166,700, about 90 percent of the 10-year average.

But this year’s top day so far was 27 last Friday, and the count has since posted 18-, 6-, 4- and 2-fish days.

Asked “What is the hold up? Is the water too cold, too shallow, too turbid, too pinnipeddy? Or is the forecast wrong?” Hymer simply replied, “Yes.”

Forecasters had warned of uncertainty — “Poor ocean conditions could potentially have negative impacts on spring Chinook returns” — when they issued predictions for the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis Rivers.

On the flip side, test netting earlier this week produced more than twice as many springers a drift as the previous week, 36 versus 14, but upriver fish declined to just 50 percent of the catch.

The sport fishery ended on Saturday, April 7, and catch stats have been a bit sketchy this season, but Hymer reported half a Chinook per boat (448 kept for 998 craft) landed last week, with continued dismal plunking for Washington-side shore sitters (three for 203).

Lower Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (4-9-18)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS ORIGINATED WITH WDFW AND WERE TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Washington lower Columbia mainstem sport sampling summary – April 2-7

Including fish released, anglers averaged just over ½ adult spring Chinook per boat.  Fishing  continued to be slow from the bank.

Effort was pretty high with 926 salmonid boats and 314 bank anglers counted during the Tues. April 3 flight.

THE LOWER COLUMBIA RIVER PRODUCED THIS SPRING CHINOOK FOR BUZZ RAMSEY LAST FRIDAY MORNING. THE FISH BIT A 4.5 MAG LIP AND WAS NETTED BY RON HILLER. TERRY OTTO SNAPPED THE PIC. (VIA BUZZ RAMSEY)

Washington Columbia River tributary sport sampling summaries – April 2-8

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br downstream:  42 bank rods kept 3 steelhead and released 1 cutthroat.  3 boat anglers kept one adult spring Chinook.  Above the I-5 Br:  129 bank rods kept 12 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.  99 boat rods kept 34 steelhead and released 3 steelhead.

Most of the steelhead were sampled at the Trout Hatchery while most of the salmon were checked at the salmon hatchery.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 228 winter-run steelhead and two spring Chinook adults during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 13 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released one winter-run steelhead into the Cispus River near Yellow Jacket Creek.

Tacoma Power released 20 winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,370 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, April 9. Water visibility is nine feet and the water temperature is 44.1 degrees F.

East Fork Lewis from mouth to top boat ramp at Lewisville Park and Washougal River from mouth to Mt. Norway Bridge – Open to fishing for hatchery steelhead Monday April 16. Through the first Friday in June, selective gear rules are in effect; no bait may be used.

Kalama River – 23 bank anglers kept 1 steelhead.  7 boat anglers had no catch.   Now closed to retention of steelhead through May 15.

North Fork Lewis River – 24 bank anglers had no catch.

Wind River – 1 boat angler had no catch.

Drano Lake – 5 boat anglers had no catch.

Wed. April 11 is the first of the scheduled Wednesday closures that run through June. Effective April 16 through June 30, bank fishing only west of a line projected from the easternmost pillar of the Hwy. 14 Bridge to a posted marker on the north shore.

Klickitat River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.  Open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays only through May.

Trout

Tacoma Power released 4,020 rainbow trout into Mayfield Lake.  They are part of the 72,000 fish expected to be planted between April and August.

Lower Columbia Fishing Report (4-4-18)

THE FOLLOWING IS THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE RECREATION REPORT FOR THE COLUMBIA RIVER ZONE

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (3/31) flight, 1,450 salmonid boats and 281 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River estuary to Bonneville Dam. Gorge boat anglers averaged 0.20 adult spring Chinook caught per boat while boat anglers in the Troutdale area averaged 0.13 adult spring Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to St. Helens area, boat anglers averaged 0.29 adult spring Chinook caught per boat and 0.01 steelhead, while boat anglers fishing the area from Goble to Beaver (Clatskanie) averaged only 0.03 adult spring Chinook per boat. The best success was found in the area from Westport to Buoy 10, where boat anglers averaged 0.54 adult spring Chinook per boat and 0.03 steelhead.  Bank anglers in the Gorge had no success while those fishing the area from Portland to Westport caught 0.02 adult spring Chinook per angler.

BRONCOS FAN DWIGHT INGLER OF DENVER CAUGHT THIS NICE SPRING CHINOOK WHILE TROLLING A HERRING BEHIND A FISH FLASH WITH GUIDE MIKE KELLEY. (VIA BUZZ RAMSEY)

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

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock): Weekend checking showed two adult spring Chinook kept for 10 boats (28 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed five adult spring Chinook kept for 40 boats (85 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one adult spring Chinook kept, plus one adult spring Chinook released for 114 bank anglers.

Portland to St. Helens Boats: Weekend checking showed 61 adult spring Chinook kept, plus eight adult spring Chinook released for 240 boats (649 anglers).

Goble to Beaver (Clatskanie) Boats: Weekend checking showed one adult spring Chinook kept for 39 boats (93 anglers).

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank: No report for the weekend.

Westport to Buoy 10 Boats: Weekend checking showed 39 adult spring Chinook kept and one steelhead kept, plus six adult spring Chinook released for 84 boats (240 anglers).

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.  Weekend checking showed two sublegal sturgeon released for four boats.

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.  No report.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: No report.

NSIA Hails Federal Appeals Court’s Reaffirmation Of Spill

Salmon, steelhead and angling advocates are cheering a federal appeals court decision today reaffirming a judge’s requirement for more spring spill on the Columbia and Snake.

“Fish WIN!” reads the subject line of a press release emailed out from the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association.

WATER SURGES THROUGH BONNEVILLE DAM IN THIS JUNE 2014 CORPS OF ENGINEERS PHOTO. (ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS)

The news comes a day before spill operations are set to begin on the river system, the purpose of which is to help more young ESA-listed Chinook, coho, steelhead and other species get to sea safely.

The National Marine Fisheries Service had appealed a ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Simon a year ago, but a three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld it.

The press release from NSIA and others including the National Wildlife Federation points to key wording in the decision:

The district court properly concluded that the listed species remain in a “precarious” state, and that they will remain in such a state without further conservation efforts beyond those included in the 2014 BiOp.
. . .
Significant evidence from decades of studies show[s] that spill volumes higher than those proposed in the 2014 BiOp will lead to higher survival rates for outmigrating [juvenile salmon].

The ruling comes at a key moment as salmon stocks struggle with aftereffects from The Blob.

“Fewer fish could be a nail in the coffin for more iconic Northwest fishing brands,” NSIA’s Liz Hamilton said. “I know of companies trying to decide whether this is their last year in existence – brands that fishermen would recognize and recommend. We need hope, not more despair. And at the spill level the court required – and that has now been affirmed on appeal – we are going to see larger adult salmon returns.”

Others involved in the win include the state of Oregon, Nez Perce Tribe, state chapters of the National Wildlife Federation, Salmon For All and Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations.

The states of Washington, Idaho and Montana as well as Northwest River partners, among others, sided with NMFS.

Hamilton said that fears spill would mean less electricity were a “false alarm” as water and wind are at a surplus for turbines to turn this time  of year.

Mid-Columbia Producing Tasty Walleye

Anglers are enjoying big catches of walleye on the Columbia this season, with 46 teams at a recent derby landing literally nearly a ton’s worth — top bag was 79 pounds — and fishermen from far and wide flocking to the big river for its tasty bounty.

“No wonder walleye are now our top fishery here,” noted Tri-Cities’ Wayne Heinz, who penned two stellar pieces on the species for the February and March issues of Northwest Sportsman magazine.

One of Wayne’s handful of sources in both articles was on that winning tourney team, guide Kimo Gabriel.

Another, guide TJ Hester, was who the South Sound’s Dave Anderson went out with recently. Dave shared his story with us:

By Dave Anderson

A few weeks ago my father in law and I were talking about doing a fishing trip to get out and unwind as our lives have been very busy. We originally wanted to do the normal steelhead trip on the coast but our friends were booked up.

THE CREW PREPARE TO BLAST OFF WITH GUIDE TJ HESTER (CENTER) FOR A DAY OF COLUMBIA RIVER WALLEYE FISHING. (DAVE ANDERSON)

As I was browsing on Facebook, I saw a picture and article about great walleye fishing on the Columbia. I grew up walleye fishing and have missed it since moving out here, so I was excited when we decided on planning this trip.

FISH BOX BEGINNING TO FILL UP. (DAVE ANDERSON)

I called up TJ Hester and got a date set up to get a day of fishing in with him. TJ and his dad are well known for being some of the best walleye guides on the Columbia. They offer trips targeting both trophy walleyes and the eaters (which is what we wanted to do).

NOT THE TARGET SPECIES, BUT RELATED AND DEFINITELY TASTY TOO! (DAVE ANDERSON)

We met up with TJ in the morning and after about a 45-minute run downriver we were on the grounds to do some fishing. We used bottom bouncers with about a 24-inch leader to a Smile Blade and half of a nightcrawler.

DAVE’S FATHER IN LAW SHOWS OFF ONE. (DAVE ANDERSON)

In our first pass we caught four walleye and I knew it was going to be a great day with flat water and some great company. Throughout the day we had multiple doubles, a triple and a quad hook up.

MULTI-FISH HOOK-UPS WERE COMMON DURING THE TRIP. (DAVE ANDERSON)

Around 2:00 pm, we decided we had plenty of walleye and headed back upriver on glass-like conditions to get dropped off. All we had to do was make a quick stop on the way home to clean our catch.

THE COLUMBIA WAS ON FIRE THAT DAY FOR WALLEYE … (DAVE ANDERSON)

It was a great trip and I’m super excited to add this to my list of awesome fishing opportunities we have in Washington state. This was definitely the first of many trips for me to target walleye. I can’t wait to take my son in the future.

… AND YIELDED SOME PRETTY TASTY EASTER APPETIZERS. (DAVE ANDERSON)

I even decided to try a quick and easy recipe for a Easter Sunday appetizer, which turned out amazing! I cracked a couple eggs and used the egg whites to dip the clean and dried fillets in. Next, I rolled the fillets in a mixture of gluten-free bread crumbs and Johnny’s Seafood lemon dill seasoning. I fried the fillets in a pan of hot avocado oil. It was delicious and guaranteed some of the finest table fare you’ll ever have!

Angling For A Good Cause: Sign Up For 26th NSIA Spring Fishing Classic

By the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association

As the springers roll up the Columbia it is good to remember the hard work, advocacy and litigation it has taken to ensure anglers have access to these fish.

JIM MARTIN AND JOHN SHLIMENKO SHOW OFF A NICE SPRING CHINOOK. (NSIA)

For instance, many salmon and sportfishing advocacy groups have weighed in on the long-running case before U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon to protect and restore beleaguered Columbia River salmon stocks.

Last April, Judge Simon rewarded those efforts by ordering that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work with state, federal and tribal biologists to develop a joint plan to provide more voluntary spill to provide better protections for outmigrating juvenile spring Chinook salmon, steelhead and sockeye.

The increased spill will be timed earlier in April, to help outmigrating spring Chinook smolts and should result in better returns in years to come.

“Sending water over the tops of dams for fish works,” says Liz Hamilton, executive director of the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association. “In 2006, NSIA and our allies secured an injunction in Judge Redden’s court to increase the use of spill to protect out-migrating juvenile fall Chinook. Within eight years — two generations of fall Chinook — we saw sharply increased runs of fall Chinook. We are confident spill will have a similar positive result for spring Chinook in the Columbia.”

Spill does not increase river flows, it only changes the route the water — and the fish — take past the dams.

According to Buzz Ramsey of Yakima Bait, it’s the change in how the water gets past the dams – by spill or through the turbines – that is important for salmon.

“Salmon do not swim down to the sea,” said Ramsey. “Instead, the fish point their nose into the current and let the flow push them downstream. The fish go where the water goes.”

He explains that if the water only passes through the turbines, that is where all the fish will end up and each dam will take its toll.

The Columbia River spring Chinook fishery is extremely popular and is a huge driver of fishing license sales for the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho. NSIA hosts a popular annual fishing derby in the river called the Spring Fishing Classic.

This year’s event will be held Saturday, April 7, and is cohosted by Fisherman’s Marine & Outdoor and supported by many top names in the sportfishing industry, including Willie Boats, Scotty, Berkley and Stevens Marine.

Participation offers anglers a chance to have fun and engage in a little friendly competition, while supporting advocacy work for better fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

A brand-new 17-foot Willie drift boat, trailer and seats will be raffled off, while $500 will also go to whomever weighs in the largest fish. Team prizes are also awarded.

Tickets are $255 for a team of three, $425 for a team of four and $510 for a team of six.

To register for the derby, call NSIA at (503) 631-8859 or go to nsiafishing.org, where you can also learn more about the organization and its efforts to help the fish and sportfishing.

SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (3-19-18)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS ORIGINATED WITH ODFW AND WDFW AND WERE FORWARDED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Washington lower Columbia tributaries sport sampling summaries for March 12-18

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br downstream:  44 bank rods had no catch.  Above the I-5 Br:  38 bank rods kept 5 steelhead.  97 boat rods kept 23 steelhead and released 6 steelhead and 2 cutthroats.

BRUCE LYSTAD PULLED THIS PIG OF A WINTER STEELHEAD OUT OF THE COWLITZ RIVER LAST WEEK WHILE FISHING WITH FRIEND SHEA FISHER. IT REPORTEDLY WEIGHED 20.6 POUNDS SEVERAL HOURS LATER AND AFTER BLEEDING IT. (THEFISHERE.COM)lewislewi

Kalama River – 26 bank anglers released 3 steelhead.  11 boat anglers released 3 steelhead.

Mainstem Lewis River – 4 bank rods had no catch.  3 boat rods released 1 steelhead.

North Fork Lewis River – 7 bank rods had no catch.   2 boat rods had no catch.

Wind River – No report. Anglers are reminded Wind River from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream is closed to all fishing through March.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size rainbows.  No report on angling success.
Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

LK SACAJAWEA (COWL)<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LK+SACAJAWEA+%28COWL%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Cowlitz County – Region 5
Mar 13, 2018
Rainbow
3,083
2.5
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead Endorsement sampling summary – March 12-15

 

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (3/17) flight, 523 salmonid boats and 226 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River estuary to Bonneville Dam.  In the Portland to St. Helens area, boat anglers averaged 0.08 adult spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing from Westport to Buoy 10 averaged 0.14 spring Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.01 steelhead caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock): No report.

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for six boats (12 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one steelhead kept for 161 bank anglers.

Portland to St. Helens Boats: Weekend checking showed 10 adult spring Chinook kept, plus one adult spring Chinook released for 140 boats (357 anglers).

Goble to Beaver Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for 19 boats (51 anglers).

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

Westport to Buoy 10 Boats: Weekend checking showed four adult spring Chinook kept, plus one adult spring Chinook released for 36 boats (92 anglers).

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. Weekend checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

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.  No report.

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: No report.

Lower Columbia mainstem sport sampling summary March 12-18