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Lower Columbia Fishery Biologist’s Good, Bad, Ugly From 2017 Fisheries

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED WITH JOE HYMER, PSMFC SUPERVISING FISHERY BIOLOGIST

2017 Lower Columbia mainstem from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam sport totals – The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Note: Does not include Buoy 10.

A BIG RUN OF SHAD YIELDED WHAT’S BELIEVED TO BE THE SECOND HIGHEST SPORT CATCH SINCE 1969. (ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS)

The Good

Summer and Fall Chinook – The 3,516 summer and 26,138 fall Chinook adults caught this year were the 4th and 6th highest, respectively, since at least 1969. The record are the over 5,900 adult summer Chinook and 41,500 adult fall Chinook, both records which were set in 2015.

Coho – Over 3,100 adult coho were kept this year, the 4th highest since at least 1969. The record are the nearly 5,800 fish caught in 2014.

Shad – Even without estimates for this May, the nearly 170,000 shad kept in 2017 are the 2nd highest since at least 1969. The record are the nearly 195,000 fish caught during all of 2013.

White Sturgeon – The 430 fish estimated caught from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam were the first since 2013.

The Bad

Salmonid Effort – Lowest in nearly a decade and almost 100,000 angler trips less than the recent 10 year average.

The Ugly

Summer Steelhead – The less than 1,700 fish kept this year are the lowest since the complete closures in the mid-1970’s.

White Sturgeon – The 430 fish estimated caught from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam are but a fraction of the 62,450 fish estimated kept in 1987.

Sea-Run Cutthroats – This is the 4th consecutive year with no estimated fish kept.

Southwest Washington Fishing Report (9-20-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS COLLECTED BY ODFW AND WDFW STAFF AND TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Lower Columbia mainstem sport update

Last week on the lower Columbia, anglers made 15,120 trips and caught 6,350 adult Chinook (5,765 kept and 585 released) 358 adult coho (188 kept and 170 released) and 165 summer steelhead (123 kept and 42 released)..

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream:  12 boats/42 rods kept 13 adult and 2 jack Chinook and released 42 adult and 4 jack Chinook.  5 bank anglers had no catch.  No anglers were sampled upstream from the bridge.

ANOTHER GREAT OUTING OFF DRANO LAKE FOR WILLIAM AND HIS DAD, CLAY HULL. THEY WERE AGAIN FISHING WITH JOE MCCARL AND REPORT GOING TWO FOR FOUR. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 188 fall Chinook adults, 20 fall Chinook jacks, 18 summer-run steelhead, 62 spring Chinook adults, two spring Chinook jacks, 65 coho adults, two coho jacks, and 14 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 40 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook jack, five coho adults and one cutthroat trout into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 16 spring Chinook adults, one coho adult and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 137 fall Chinook adults, 19 fall Chinook jacks, four coho adults, one coho jack and nine cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,720 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, September 18. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 54.9 degrees F. River

Lewis River – No report on angling success.  On the mainstem and North Fork Lewis rivers, any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained effective September 23.

Drano Lake – 33 boats/75 anglers kept 33 adult Chinook and adult coho and released 3 steelhead.  There were 65 boats were here last Saturday morning.

Bonneville Pool – 18 boats/43 anglers kept 22 adult Chinook.  Last Saturday morning there were 75 boats off the Klickitat, 40 off the White Salmon, and 30 off Drano Lake.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (9-13-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM TANNA TAKATA, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

*         The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details).  An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.

*         White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.

ALEXCIS HIGGINBOTHAM IS ALL SMILES AFTER CATCHING HER FIRST STURGEON, A 50-INCHER HELD BY HER DAD, JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM OF YAKIMA BAIT. (JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

*         Walleye angling is good in the John Day pool.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update<http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/index.asp> page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (9/9) flight, 991 salmonid boats and nine Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 221 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 5.24 coho and 0.45 Chinook caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.33 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.32 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.85 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.07 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for three boats (nine anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 30 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for 93 boats (215 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult and one Chinook jack released for 15 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 89 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus 57 Chinook adults, two Chinook jacks and one coho adult released for 172 boats (430 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed six coho kept for six boats (18 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 510 coho kept, plus 381 coho, 77 Chinook and one steelhead released for 170 boats (498 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 25 Chinook adults, six Chinook jacks and one steelhead kept, plus eight Chinook adults released for 57 boats (130 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 14 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 25 boats (53 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for seven boats (18 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 30 sublegal and six legal white sturgeon released for three boats (eight anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 13 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for eight boats (15 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  No report.

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

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers; and 31 walleye kept, plus 35 walleye released for 19 boats (42 anglers).

SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (8-14-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL WAS GATHERED BY WDFW AND TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream:  12 bank rods released 1 adult Chinook.  2 boats/6 rods had no catch.  Above the I-5 Bridge:  71 bank rods kept 6 adult Chinook and 5 steelhead and released 4 adult Chinook.  23 boats/65 boat rods kept 24 steelhead and 1 cutthroat and released 1 jack Chinook, 4 steelhead, and 2 cutthroats.

A HERRING BEHIND A FISH FLASH WORKED OUT WELL FOR CHRIS SESSIONS WHILE FISHING AT BUOY 10 RECENTLY. (VIA BUZZ RAMSEY)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 140 spring Chinook adults, seven spring Chinook jacks, three spring Chinook mini-jacks, 104 summer-run steelhead, five fall Chinook adults and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 26 spring Chinook adults and one spring Chinook jack into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 107 spring Chinook adults and five spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released five fall Chinook adults into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,640 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Aug. 14. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 54.7 degrees F.

Drano Lake – 48 boat anglers kept 17 adult and 3 jack Chinook and released 8 hatchery and 14 wild steelhead.  Between 4 and 10 boats here last weekday mornings.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 594 salmonid anglers (including 173 boats) with 22 adult and 4 jack fall Chinook, 18 steelhead but no coho.  All of the adult Chinook were kept. All of the steelhead were released as required.  13 of the fish were wild, 5 hatchery, and 0 unknown origin.

Bonneville Pool – 1 boat/4 anglers kept 2 adult Chinook.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – Last week we sampled 33 sturgeon anglers (including 12 boats) with 16 legals released.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – In the Camas/Washougal area we sampled 17 walleye anglers (11 boats) kept 7 fish and released 9.

Trout

Recent plant of rainbows (including some 4 pounders) SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

TAKHLAKH LK (SKAM)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=TAKHLAKH+LK+%28SKAM%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Skamania County – Region 5
Aug 07, 2017
Rainbow
218
0.25
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Also, Tacoma Power released 3,420 rainbow trout into Mayfield Lake this past week.

SW WA Fishing, Trout Release Report (7-25-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Upstream from the I-5 Bridge:  82 bank rods kept 12 adult spring Chinook and 9 steelhead and released 2 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 2 cutthroats.  172 boat rods (56 boats) kept 57 steelhead and released 2 steelhead and 6 cutthroats.   Spring Chinook are being caught at the salmon hatchery and steelhead mainly around the trout hatchery.

ROWLAND LAKE, WHERE LES LOGSDON CAUGHT THIS HOG EARLIER THIS YEAR, WAS RECENTLY STOCKED WITH RAINBOW TROUT. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

From the I-5 Bridge downstream:  12 bank rods and 6 boat rods (3 boats) had no catch.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 293 spring Chinook adults, 10 spring Chinook jacks, 14 mini-jacks and 161 summer-run steelhead adults and one cutthroat trout in five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 130 spring Chinook adults and five spring Chinook jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 49 spring Chinook adults and two spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,240 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, July 24. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 55.9 degrees F.

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Megler-Astoria Bridge upstream to Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 957 salmonid anglers (145 boats) with 45 adult and 3 jack summer Chinook, 111 steelhead, and no sockeye.  19 (42%) of the adult summer Chinook and 67 (60%) of the steelhead were kept.

Effort is low right now with <100 boats and <100 bank anglers counted during the Wed. July 19 flight.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – Last week we sampled 43 sturgeon anglers (including 13 boats) with 35 legals released.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We did not sample any shad anglers last week.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 9 walleye anglers (7 boats) kept 4 fish kept and released 5.

Trout

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

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per pound
Hatchery
Notes

HORSETHIEF LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=HORSETHIEF+LK+%28KLIC%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Klickitat County – Region 5
Jul 19, 2017
Rainbow
3,516
2.44
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

ROWLAND LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=ROWLAND+LK+%28KLIC%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Klickitat County – Region 5
Jul 19, 2017
Rainbow
695
2.44
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

ROWLAND LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=ROWLAND+LK+%28KLIC%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Klickitat County – Region 5
Jul 19, 2017
Rainbow
3,342
2.74
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=SPEARFISH+LK+%28KLIC%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Klickitat County – Region 5
Jul 19, 2017
Rainbow
2,781
2.44
GOLDENDALE HATCHE