THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED WITH WDFW, INCLUDING PAUL HOFFARTH, AND JOE HYMER, PSMFC, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY HYMER
A few summer run chum have been found in the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers.
Cowlitz River – Above the I-5 Br: 61 bank rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and 2 steelhead and released 1 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook. 52 boats/157 rods kept 48 steelhead and released 1 jack spring Chinook and 10 cutthroats
Below the I-5 Br: 1 boat/2 rods and 1 bank angler had no catch.
Mainstem Lewis River – 2 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead.
Drano Lake – 22 boat anglers kept 2 adult Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 13 steelhead and 1 adult Chinook. ~12 boats here on weekdays and ~25 boats here last Saturday morning.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,042 salmonid anglers (165 boats) with 23 adult and 2 jack summer Chinook, 85 steelhead, and no sockeye. 8 (35%) of the adult summer Chinook and 45 (53%) of the steelhead were kept.
Any Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained beginning tomorrow (August 1). All steelhead must be released during the month of August.
Hanford Reach Summer Chinook/Sockeye Fishery- From Paul A. Hoffarth District 4 Fish Biologist WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife in Pasco WA –
Effort has been slow but did pick up slightly this past week. There were an estimated 37 boats fishing for summer chinook salmon in the Columbia River between Highway 395 and Priest Rapids Dam during the week. WDFW staff interviewed 9 anglers from 7 boats with 1 hatchery jack chinook harvested and 4 wild adult chinook caught and released.
For the season there have been 2,366 angler trips for summer chinook/sockeye with 115 adult hatchery chinook, 42 chinook jacks, and 885 sockeye harvested. Area fisheries will continue to be open to fishing for hatchery summer chinook through August 15. On August 16, the fall fishery will open.
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 39 sturgeon anglers (including 12 boats) with 30 legals released.
Hanford Reach – 6 boats, 16 anglers, 76 hours, 4 caught, 1 harvested, 1 legal + 2 shakers released (19 hours/fish)
Bass and Walleye
Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 9 walleye anglers (6 boats) in the Camas/Washougal area with 3 fish released.
Hanford Reach – Smallmouth bass: 6 boats, 10 anglers, 30 hours, 31 caught, 4 harvested (1 hour/fish)
Walleye: 11 boats, 18 anglers, 61 hours, 34 caught, 19 harvested (1.8 hours/fish)