Tag Archives: January 2018

McNary, Hanford January Steelhead Fishing Wrap-up

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

McNary Reservoir Steelhead Sport Fishery

The Columbia River from McNary Dam to the Tri-cities reopened for the harvest of hatchery steelhead on December 1. Angler effort declined a bit in January. There were 529 angler trips for steelhead in January, down from 1,588 in December.

WDFW staff interviewed 110 anglers.  Anglers averaged 19 hours per steelhead, unfortunately most of the fish caught were wild, 80 of the 95 fish caught were wild and had to be turned back. For the fishery (August 1 – January 31) 135 steelhead have been harvested and 354 wild steelhead have been caught and released from 4,308 angler trips.

Effective January 1 the daily limit is two hatchery steelhead per day (see Washington Sport Fishing Rules for additional information).

Hanford Reach Steelhead Sport Fishery (Hwy 395 – Hanford)

Steelhead fishing continues to be slow in the Hanford Reach.  Effort has been light.  WDFW staff interviewed 300 anglers in January.  Bank anglers averaged a steelhead for 24 hours of fishing.  Boat anglers are doing a little better at 18 hours per fish. An estimated 44 steelhead were caught in January and 26 were harvested. Since the fishery opened on October 1, 312 steelhead have harvested plus an additional 172 steelhead were caught & released from 2,114 angler trips.

This year’s return to Ringold Springs Hatchery is estimated at ~900 steelhead

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

WDFW Sets 3-day, Jan. 6, 10, 13 Skagit Co. Brant Hunt

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

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced a restricted three-day hunting season for brant geese in Skagit County, but has revived hunts in two other counties where brant counts have been increasing.

AN IMAGE FROM A PAST ARTICLE IN NORTHWEST SPORTSMAN SHOWS BRANT HUNTERS HUNKERED BEFORE DEKES ON THE BAY. (MAYNARD AXELSON)

This year’s brant season in Skagit County will occur on Jan. 6, 10, and 13, based on criteria set when the season was adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission in April.

Kyle Spragens, WDFW waterfowl section manager, said the restrictions were scheduled after aerial bird counts conducted in Skagit County indicated numbers fell short of the 6,000 birds required for a full eight-day hunting season for high arctic brant.

Spragens said surveys conducted over Padilla, Samish, and Fidalgo bays tallied 3,044 birds, then 4,793 birds, triggering this year’s three-day season.

“The number of hunting days is directly related to how many brant are counted during those surveys,” he said. “These low counts require us to prioritize conservation responsibilities for this distinctive, coastal species, while providing harvest opportunity when appropriate.”

Spragens said annual counts in Skagit brant numbers can vary widely, noting that this is the second restricted brant season in the past three years.

Meanwhile, stable populations of brant that do not return to western high arctic breeding regions have allowed for new hunting opportunities in other parts of the state. For the first time in decades, brant hunting will open in Clallam and Whatcom counties.

This year’s brant season in Clallam and Whatcom counties will occur on Jan. 6, 10, and 13. Counts in those two counties have increased in recent years and have remained above the 1,000 brant threshold for the past three years, the state criteria required to consider seasons in each area.

Also, the traditional 10-day brant season in Pacific County will open Jan. 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20 and 21.

WDFW reminds hunters to familiarize themselves with local regulations and boundaries. Specifically, hunters in Clallam County are advised to consult the closed zones of Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Dungeness/visit/rules_and_regulations.html) and hunters in Whatcom County are advised to review boundaries relevant to Bellingham and Lummi Bays (https://www.lummi-nsn.gov/Website.php?PageID=39).

Information on brant seasons is available in WDFW’s Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons hunting pamphlet at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/. Brant hunters are reminded they must possess a valid migratory bird authorization and brant harvest report card.