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SW WA, Columbia Gorge Pools Fishing Report (1-14-20)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Jan 6-12, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River

John Day Pool – 12 bank anglers kept one steelhead and released four steelhead.

Sturgeon:

Bonneville Pool – Seven bank anglers had no catch.  13 boats/39 rods kept 10 legal sturgeon, released 64 sublegal and two oversize sturgeon.

KATIE CRAIG CAUGHT THIS DALLES POOL STURGEON IN FEBRUARY 2016. SHE WAS FISHING THE COLUMBIA RESERVOIR WITH HUBSTER NATHAN. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

The Dalles Pool – Six bank anglers released one sublegal sturgeon.

John Day Pool – 15 bank anglers had no catch.  17 boats/36 rods kept one legal sturgeon and released one oversize sturgeon.

Reservoir Estimated
Total Harvest
% of Guideline Guideline
Bonneville 146 29 500
The Dalles 74 55 135
John Day 18 17 105

Walleye:

John Day Pool – 1 boat/3 rods had no catch.

Bass:

John Day Pool – Two bank anglers had no catch.

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries 

Elochoman River – 11 bank anglers kept 12 steelhead.

(Cowlitz) Above the I-5 Br – One bank angler had no catch.

  • Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

SW WA Tribs, Columbia Gorge Pools Fishing Report (1-8-20)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORT WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Fishery Reports:

Salmon/Steelhead:

John Day Pool – 15 bank anglers released 15 steelhead.  1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Sturgeon:

Walleye:

Bonneville Pool- 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

The Dalles Pool- 2 boats/3 rods released two walleye.

John Day Pool- 1 bank angler had no catch.  6 boats/12 rods kept 13 walleye.

COLUMBIA WALLEYE ANGLERS LIKE JIM DEATHERAGE ARE BEGINNING TO TARGET TROPHIES AND EATERS IN THE POOLS AND TAILRACES OF THE BIG RIVER. DEATHERAGE CAUGHT THIS ONE LAST JANUARY WHILE FISHING WITH JERRY HAN IN THE TRI-CITIES AREA. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Bass:

John Day Pool- 1 boat/3 rods kept six bass.

 Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Grays River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

Elochoman River – 22 bank anglers kept 12 steelhead.  3 boats/4 rods kept one steelhead and released one steelhead and one coho.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream: 9 bank rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Br:  11 bank rods had no catch.  1 boat/3 rods had no catch.

More 2020 Columbia Salmon Forecasts, Outlooks Posted; Sockeye A Brighter Spot

Columbia salmon managers are rolling out more 2020 forecasts and sockeye might be a bright spot next year.

Nearly a quarter million sockeye are expected to return to the big river, with just under 202,000 of those headed for the relatively cool Brewster Pool before departing up the Okanogan/Okanagan.

TYLER FLETCHER SHOWS OFF A PAIR OF SOCKEYE CAUGHT AT WELLS DAM DURING 2014’S FISHERY. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

While forecasters are still dialing in their sockeye prognostication skills, it would be a significant uptick over 2019’s return of 63,222 against a forecast of 94,400. It would also be the eighth largest run since 1980, though still only a third of 2014’s record year.

Lake Wenatchee sockeye anglers could also see a significant bump from this year’s actual return of just 7,900; the prediction calls for 39,400.

As for all-important Columbia spring Chinook, the 2020 forecasts leave as much to be desired as last week’s news of very low predictions for the Cowlitz, Kalama, Wind, Drano, etc.

Managers expect 81,700 upper Columbia and Snake springers, which is about 10,000 more than actually returned in 2019 but also 17,600 less than were forecast.

Along with the annual 30 percent buffer to protect against overforecasting, this spring’s mainstem fishery was constrained by very low returns to the Cowlitz and Lewis, which led to a closure of the Columbia below Warrior Rock to protect springers headed to those two tributaries. Returns to both are again expected to be low.

The Willamette spring Chinook forecast is for 40,800, up a bit from this year’s forecast which didn’t pan out, with only 27,292 back.

The overall forecast of 135,800 springers to the mouth of the Columbia is the fewest back to 1999.

The Columbia summer Chinook forecast is slightly better than last year, with 38,300 expected, roughly 2,000 more than were forecast in 2019 but which also led to no opportunities to target them until later in the season and only in the upper river above Wenatchee.

Anglers are increasingly skeptical of the forecasts, but managers continue to point to very poor ocean conditions as having a strong influence on numbers of returning salmon.  The Blob is back in the North Pacific, maybe not as strong as 2014 and 2015, but still likely impacting prey and marine habitat of kings, sockeye, coho and other stocks.

Managers also put out preliminary word on fall Chinook and coho expectations, and how 2019 shaped up:

2019 Preliminary Returns
• Adult fall Chinook return was predicted to be 349,600 fish.
• Preliminary return is slightly above the forecast.
• Bright jack return appears to be improved over 2018. Tule jack return appears to be slightly improved over 2018.

2020 Outlook
• Bright stocks should be similar to the 2019 preliminary return.
• Tule stocks should be similar to the 2019 preliminary return.
• Ocean conditions between 2015 and 2019 were among the worst observed during the last 21 years and are likely continuing to have a strong influence on the fall Chinook return in 2020.

Columbia River Coho
• 2019 preliminary return is about 30% of the preseason forecast of 611,300.
• Coho jack return to the Columbia River is less than 50% of the recent three-year average.

Tule Chinook power ocean seasons, upriver brights the inriver fisheries. In the Columbia’s Hanford Reach, 30,678 angler trips yielded a catch of 11,820 adult kings, an improvement of more then 3,100 fish over 2018, according to biologist Paul Hoffarth.

The release of the 2020 forecasts and outlooks mark the start of determining how many, if any, fish are available for harvest in the ocean and rivers and setting seasons at North of Falcon later in winter.

Southwest Washington Tribs Fishing Report (11-26-19)

THE FOLLOWING WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Washington Tributary Fishing Report Nov 18-24, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:
Columbia River Tributaries

Grays River – 5 bank anglers released thee coho.

Elochoman River – 15 bank anglers released one steelhead and one coho.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 18 bank rods kept one coho. 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

Above the I-5 Br – 15 bank rods kept two coho. 1 boat/5 rods kept one coho.

Kalama River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 12 bank anglers had no catch. 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 8 bank anglers kept four coho and released one Chinook.

? Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

Coho Restrictions Hit Cowlitz, Kalama, Lewis, Other SW WA Tribs

THE FOLLOWING IS AN EMERGENCY RULE CHANGE NOTICE FROM THE WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE

Southwest Washington tributary coho fisheries modified 

Action:

  • Anglers limited to 1 adult coho on lower Cowlitz and lower Kalama Rivers.
  • Release all adult coho on the Lewis River, Cedar Creek (including all tributaries), and Washougal River.

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

Effective date: Nov. 23, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019.

Species affected: Coho salmon.

Locations and salmon rules:

  • Cowlitz River, from the mouth to the posted markers 400 feet below the Barrier Dam:  Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6. Up to 1 adult may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery coho.
  • Kalama River, from the mouth to 1,000 feet below the fishway at the upper salmon hatchery (i.e. Kalama Falls Hatchery):  Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adults may be retained of which up to 1 may be an adult coho. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.
  • Lewis River, from the mouth to the overhead power lines below Merwin Dam:  12” min. size. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adult Chinook may be retained. Release all salmon other than Chinook and hatchery jack coho.
  • Cedar Creek, from the mouth upstream, including all tributaries:  Min. size 12”. Daily limit 6. Up to 2 adult Chinook may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery jack coho.
  • Washougal River, from the mouth to the bridge at Salmon Falls:  Min. size 12”.  Daily limit 6. Up to 1 adult Chinook may be retained. Release all salmon other than hatchery Chinook and hatchery jack coho.

Reason for action: Coho salmon returns to tributary hatcheries in the Lower Columbia Basin have been below levels needed to meet broodstock collection goals for some programs. These programs can utilize coho salmon collected at hatcheries located in the above tributaries when brood shortfalls occur. Modifying coho fisheries on these rivers will provide additional fish for these hatchery programs and help ensure future hatchery returns and fishing opportunities.

SW WA Fishing Report (11-19-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYAN SPELLMAN, WDFW

Washington Tributary Fishing Report Nov 11-17, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:
Columbia River Tributaries

Grays River – 4 bank anglers had no catch

Elochoman River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 8 bank rods had no catch. 9 boats/21 rods kept 13 coho and released 1 Chinook.

Above the I-5 Br – 15 bank rods kept one coho and released two Chinook. 3 boats/7 rods released one Chinook and three coho.

IN THIS IMAGE DREDGED OUT OF THE WAY, WAY, WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY BACK FILE, FALL SALMON ANGLERS FISH THE LOWER COWLITZ ABOVE AND BELOW THE MOUTH OF THE TOUTLE FOR COHO. (CHRIS SPENCER)

Kalama River – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Lewis River – 15 bank anglers released three coho. 5 boats/12 rods released one Chinook and one coho.

Washougal River – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 31 bank anglers kept 10 Chinook, 12 coho and released three Chinook and one coho. 4 boats/14 rods kept one Chinook and 18 coho.

Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

SW WA Fishing Report (11-12-19)

THE FOLLOWING WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

November 12, 2019

Tributary Fishery Reports

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Grays River – 4 bank anglers had no catch

Elochoman River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 84 bank rods kept five coho and one coho jack. 42 boats/110 rods kept 28 coho, 3 coho jacks and released 4 Chinook and 42 coho.

Above the I-5 Br – 44 bank rods kept three coho and released 37 Chinook. 5 boats/15 rods kept five coho, 3 coho jacks and released one Chinook and four coho.

Kalama River – 10 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 32 bank anglers kept one coho. 16 boats/43 rods kept four Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks, 10 coho, one coho jack and released five Chinook and three coho.

TRAVIS GOTTSCH SHOWS OFF A NICE LEWIS RIVER FALL CHINOOK CAUGHT A FEW MID-OCTOBERS BACK AND FORWARDED BY HIS PROUD UNCLE PATRICK. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 39 bank anglers kept 15 Chinook, 13 coho, 2 coho jacks and released 15 Chinook and 11 coho.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

SW WA Fishing Report (11-4-19)

THE FOLLOWING WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Grays River – 6 bank anglers released six coho.

BARRY DUBNOW SHOWS OFF A NICE MIDFALL CHINOOK CAUGHT ON THE LEWIS RIVER SEVERAL SEASONS BACK. HE WAS HOVER FISHING WITH GUIDE RON HOLT. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 35 bank rods kept one coho and released one coho. 7 boats/20 rods kept 24 coho and released one Chinook and four coho.

Above the I-5 Br – 17 bank rods kept two coho and released 18 Chinook and 1 coho.  1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Kalama River – 18 bank anglers had no catch.  2 boats/5 rods had no catch.

Lewis River – 19 bank anglers kept two coho and one coho jack.  13 boats/44 rods kept five Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks, 5 coho, 3 coho jacks and released one Chinook and four coho.

Wind River – 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 16 bank anglers kept seven coho and released two Chinook.

 

  • Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

Lower Col mainstem sport Oct 28-31, 2019

Bonneville bank: 26 anglers with 7 coho kept and 6 Chinook released
Camas/Washougal boat: 5 anglers with nothing
I-5 area boat: 3 anglers with nothing
Woodland boat: 1 angler with 1 coho kept
Kalama bank: 2 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 5 anglers with nothing
Longview bank: 2 anglers with nothing
Longview boat: 7 anglers with 3 coho kept

Hanford Reach, SW WA Fishing Report (11-1-19)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS WERE FORWARDED BY PAUL HOFFARTH AND BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Hanford Reach Fall Salmon Fishery

The Hanford Reach fall salmon fishery closed on October 31. For the season there were an estimated 30,678 angler trips with 11,820 adult chinook, 1,321 chinook jacks, and 53 coho harvested.

JASON VOORHEES ENJOYED A PRETTY GOOD FINAL DAY OF THE LOWER HANFORD REACH FALL SALMON SEASON YESTERDAY BEFORE GOING BACK TO THE TRI-CITIES AND SCARING THE SH*T OUT OF KIDS LATER THAT EVENING. OK, THAT’S ACTUALLY TROY BRODERS BEHIND THE MASK, BUT WE CAN REPORT THAT THE FISH WAS HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THE IMAGE — NOT TO MENTION DINNER. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Lots of jacks returning this year which means we should have a good return of three year olds next year in the 6-10 pound range. WDFW will have a complete forecast for 2020 available in February.

Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Oct 21-27, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:
Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman – 3 bank anglers released one steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 9 bank rods kept one coho. 7 boats/19 rods kept 12 coho and released three Chinook, 2 coho and 1 coho jack.

Above the I-5 Br – 40 bank rods kept two steelhead and released 14 Chinook. 6 boats/17 rods kept four coho and released two Chinook, 6 coho and 1 coho jack.

Kalama River – 7 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 17 bank anglers kept one coho. 9 boats/23 rods kept 11 Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks, 3 coho and released seven Chinook, 1 coho and 1 coho jack.

Wind River – 1 boat/2 rods released one Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 42 bank anglers kept 30 Chinook, 1 Chinook jack, 25 coho and 3 coho jacks.

Sturgeon:

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 2 boats/7 rods released three sublegal sturgeon.

Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

Lower Col mainstem sport Oct 21-27, 2019
Salmon

Bonneville bank: 37 anglers with 15 coho kept and 4 coho and 9 Chinook released
Camas/Washougal boat: 16 anglers with 3 coho kept and 1 coho and 29 Chinook released
Vancouver boat: 9 anglers with 2 coho kept and 2 Chinook released
Woodland boat: 1 angler with 1 coho and 1 Chinook released
Kalama boat: 3 anglers with 3 coho kept and 1 coho and 2 Chinook released
Longview boat: 7 anglers with 3 coho kept
Sturgeon
Bonneville bank: 9 anglers with nothing
Camas/Washougal boat: 4 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 30 anglers with 1 legal kept and 2 sublegals and 3 oversize released
Woodland bank: 1 angler with nothing
Woodland boat: 13 anglers with nothing
Kalama bank: 4 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 33 anglers with 1 legal kept and 8 sublegals released
Longview bank: 12 anglers with nothing
Longview boat: 28 anglers with nothing

Hanford Reach, SW WA Fishing Report (10-23-19)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS WERE FORWARDED BY PAUL HOFFARTH AND BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Oct 14-20)

The Hanford Reach from the old Hanford townsite power line crossing upstream to Priest Rapids Dam closed October 16.  The area from the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco/Kennewick upstream to the old Hanford townsite will remain open. This area is expected to remain open through the scheduled closure on October 31 with a one adult daily limit.

FALL CHINOOK SEASON IS WINDING DOWN IN THE HANFORD REACH, WITH THE UPPER END NOW CLOSED AND THE BOTTOM STRETCH OPEN THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Angler effort continues to decline as the quality of the fish drops off and hunting seasons open. An estimated 1,806 anglers fished for fall chinook in the Hanford Reach this past week. Fishing was excellent with boats averaging 1.5 fish per boat, 8 hours per fish. From October 14 through October 20, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 356 boats (844 anglers) and 103 bank anglers with 455 adult chinook and 61 jacks. An estimated 957 adult chinook and 153 chinook jacks were harvested for the week (expanded). For the season there have been 28,818 angler trips with 11,134 adult chinook and 1,208 chinook jacks, and 53 coho harvested.

Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Oct 14-20, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman – 8 bank anglers released 2 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 2 bank rods had no catch. 7 boats/22 rods kept 15 coho, 6 coho jacks and released 3 Chinook, 5 Chinook jacks and 20 coho.

Above the I-5 Br – 20 bank rods released 1 Chinook.

Kalama River – 8 bank anglers released 2 Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks and 1 coho jack.

Lewis River – 26 bank anglers kept 3 Chinook.  6 boats/19 rods kept 2 Chinook, 1 coho and released 2 coho.

Washougal River – 2 bank anglers had no catch

Washougal River (Slough) – 6 boats/9 rods kept 1 coho, 1 coho jack and released 1 coho.

Wind River – 2 boats/3 rods kept 2 Chinook and released 5 Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 57 bank anglers kept 13 Chinook, 3 Chinook jacks, 23 coho, 5 coho jacks and released 1 Chinook and 1 Chinook jack.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 4 bank anglers kept 1 coho and released 1 Chinook.  1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

 

  •       Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.