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2,000 Upper North Fork Lewis Smolts Die In Mishap

“Human error” was unfortunately to blame when a steady stream of dead and dying smolts began drifting past Dan Moir and his wife early last month.

A JUNE 1 VIDEO TAKEN BY DAN MOIR SHOWS DOZENS OF DEAD OR DYING SALMON AND STEELHEAD SMOLTS FLOATING DOWN THE NORTH FORK LEWIS RIVER. (DAN MOIR)

They were fishing the North Fork Lewis just below Merwin Dam on June 1 when they noticed dozens upon dozens of the young fish float by their boat.

“They are kinda trying to wiggle, but I think they’re not going to make it,” Moir narrates in the 80-second video he took and shared with Northwest Sportsman magazine. “Some of them made it, but most of them, it looks like they’re dead.”

A tanker truck can be seen just upstream, and according to a report submitted by PacifiCorp to federal fishery overseers 11 days later, some 2,000 smolts died as a result of low oxygen levels in the vehicle’s holding tanks.

The rig was transporting 5,725 coho, spring Chinook and winter-run steelhead — part of an ongoing effort to reseed the upper North Fork — from the utility’s Floating Surface Collector at Swift Dam to a release site on the mainstem Lewis near Woodland.

According to a June 12 letter from PacifiCorp’s Mark Sturtevant, vice president of renewable resources, to National Marine Fisheries Service biologist Josh Ashline, the loss was attributed to oxygen volumes that weren’t adjusted by the driver as the tanker was being loaded with more fish.

Catching his mistake before leaving Swift, he checked on the fish twice en route. The first time they “looked fine,” according to the letter, but down the road at a weigh station pulloff, he “noticed that some of the fish had died and others were distressed.”

Once in cell phone service, he called a manager who advised him to drive to the Merwin Boat Ramp just below the dam, and there they “observed numerous fish mortalities and stressed fish” in the tank.

“(The manager) then directed the truck driver to release the fish into the river,” the report states.

Those were the smolts that the Moirs saw floating downstream.

A check of the rig’s oxygen and water aeration mechanism’s found it to be “functioning as designed.”

“It is something we feel terrible about and don’t want it to happen again,” said PacifiCorp spokesman Spencer Hall yesterday afternoon.

The report details proactive steps taken with drivers and loading protocols to prevent another mishap.

Hall describes it as the “only incident of this nature” since the utility began operating its $63 million surface collector on the uppermost of the three North Fork Lewis impoundments.

It’s part of a federal dam relicensing agreement to open up more than 100 miles of stream habitat in the watershed above Swift Reservoir.

Moir worried in the video that the dead and dying smolts had come from a hatchery release gone very wrong. While it’s likely that most of the fish’s parents did come from a production facility, these young fish were spawned in the wild.

All but 95 of the salmon and steelhead in the tanker truck that day were coho.

The truck driver and manager initially collected around 300 dead fish at the boat ramp, with PacifiCorp biologists recovering another 1,700 in the following days.

It’s primarily a potential setback for the utility’s bid to get a steady stream of 9,000 silvers back to the headwaters, according to a 2012 article in The Daily News that also noted the goal includes 2,000 springers and 1,500 winters.

In its 2018 annual report, PacifiCorp stated that last year it transported 7,060 adult late and early coho, 1,225 winter steelhead and 700 spring Chinook into Swift.

The utility also reported moving 55,336 smolts — 73 percent coho, 14 percent steelhead, 12 percent spring Chinook and 2 percent cutthroat trout — from the FSC to the lower Lewis last year.

Lewis springers have been identified as being among the most important feedstocks for struggling southern resident killer whales.

“While this event is extremely unfortunate, PacifiCorp is proud of the Lewis River Fish Passage Program and its continued success in operations and its contribution to establishing salmon and steelhead populations upstream of Swift Dam,” said Hall.

Editor’s note: The last name of Dan Moir was misspelled in the original version of this blog. Our apologies.

SW WA Fishing Report (5-15-18)

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

Cowlitz River from I-5 Br downstream- 199 bank rods kept 1 steelhead and released 1 adult Chinook and 1 steelhead.  49 boat rods kept 3 adult Chinook.

HUNTER HIGGINBOTHAM SHOWS OFF A NICE DRANO LAKE SPRING CHINOOK FROM THIS SEASON. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Cowlitz River upstream from the I-5 Br:  133 bank rods kept 18 adult and 1 jack Chinook and 1 steelhead.  34 boat rods kept 3 adult Chinook and 3 steelhead.

Kalama River – 92 bank anglers kept 2 adult and 1 jack Chinook and 2 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.  51 boat anglers kept 7 adult Chinook and 1 steelhead.

Mainstem Lewis River – 5 bank rods and 1 boat angler had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 29 bank rods kept 1 adult Chinook.  6 boat rods kept 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Wind River – 15 bank rods kept 1 adult Chinook.  683 boat rods kept 184 adult and 8 jack Chinook and released 7 adult Chinook and 1 steelhead.

Upper Wind River – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Drano Lake – 39 bank rods kept 2 adult Chinook.  697 boat rods kept 230 adult and 2 jack Chinook and released 11 adult Chinook.

Klickitat River – 25 bank anglers kept 2 adult Chinook.

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, SW WA Fishing Report (3-26-18)

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

Washington lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam sport sampling summaries for March 19-25

Fishing for spring Chinook is improving for boat anglers from Vancouver downstream. Bank angling remains SLOW!

DAVID GRANT OF OREGON CITY CAUGHT THIS SPRING CHINOOK ON THE LOWER COLUMBIA THIS PAST SATURDAY WHILE FISHING WITH GUIDE BILL MONROE. THE FISH FELL FOR A HERRING TROLLED IN COMBINATION WITH A FISH FLASH. (VIA BUZZ RAMSEY)

On Saturday March 24 there were 631 salmonid boats and 277 bank anglers counted during the flight. Last year during the same time there were just over 100 salmonid boats and 100 bank anglers counted. Of course, last year flows were nearly 460,000 cfs compared to the 212,600 cfs now.

Washington Columbia River tributaries sport sampling summaries for March 19-25

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  65 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 2 steelhead and released 3 steelhead.  4 boat rods kept 1 steelhead.  Above the I-5 Br:  35 bank rods kept 4 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead.  139 boat rods kept 2 adult spring Chinook and 43 steelhead and released 2 steelhead and 1 cutthroat.

Kalama River – 16 bank anglers released 3 steelhead.  7 boat angler kept 1 steelhead.

Mainstem Lewis River – 1 bank angler had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 19 bank anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook.   1 boat angler had no catch.

Trout

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

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish perPound
Hatchery
Notes

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
Mar 19, 2018
Rainbow
2,000
2.4
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

KLINELINE PD (CLARK<https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KLINELINE+PD+%28CLAR%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Clark County – Region 5
Mar 19, 2018
Rainbow
1,500
2.4
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (11-27-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED FROM ODFW AND WDFW AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2018.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 15 adult coho kept, plus one Chinook and adult coho released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

OUTDOOR REPORTER TERRY OTTO OF THE COLUMBIAN AND WADE RAMSEY SHOW OFF A PAIR OF BLACK FRIDAY LIMITS CAUGHT AT ROWLAND LAKE IN THE SPACE OF JUST A COUPLE HOURS. THEY WERE TROLLING 2.5 MAG LIP. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): Weekly checking showed no catch for five boats (15 anglers).

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

WALLEYE

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

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (three anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.

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Salmon/Steelhead

Mainstem Grays from the mouth upstream to the Hwy. 4 Bridge and West Fork from 300 yards below the salmon hatchery road bridge upstream to the hatchery intake/footbridge – Effective November 16, the night closure, anti-snagging rules, and stationary gear rule restrictions are no longer be in effect.

Mainstem Grays from Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the South Fork and West Fork Grays River from mouth upstream to 300 yards below hatchery road bridge – Opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead, hatchery coho, and adipose and/or ventral fin clipped Chinook beginning December 1.

Green River, North Fork Toutle River, and mainstem Toutle River from mouth to forks – November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho.

Outlet Creek (Cowlitz Co.) – November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon.

South Fork Toutle River – From 4100 Bridge upstream, November 30 is the last day to fish for hatchery steelhead and hatchery coho. The mouth to the bridge remains open to fishing for hatchery steelhead with selective gear rules in effect beginning December 1.

Mill Creek (tributary to Cowlitz River) – Beginning December 1, opens to fishing for hatchery steelhead, hatchery sea run cutthroats, and hatchery salmon from the mouth to the salmon hatchery road crossing culvert. Selective gear rules, night closures and anti-snagging rules will be in effect for this one month fishery.

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  11 bank rods had no catch.  No boat anglers were sampled.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  18 bank rods kept 1 jack and 8 adult coho and released 7 adult coho.  1 boat rod had no catch.

Under permanent rules, the night closure and anti-snagging rule is lifted from Mill Creek upstream to the Barrier Dam effective Dec. 1.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 4,494 coho adults, 132 coho jacks, 21 fall Chinook adults, two fall Chinook jacks, 32 cutthroat trout, and 25 summer-run steelhead during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 833 coho adults and 14 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 421 coho adults at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 948 coho adults, 20 coho jacks, 21 fall Chinook adults, two fall Chinook jacks and three cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 546 coho adults and 17 coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 14,400 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, November 27. Water visibility is four feet and water temperature is 48.3 degrees F.

North Fork Lewis River – 10 bank and 4 boat rods had no catch.  Flows below Merwin Dam are currently 11,600 cfs, nearly twice the long-term mean for this date.

Under permanent rules, effective December 1 the night closure and anti-snagging rules will no longer be in effect from Johnson Creek (below the salmon hatchery) upstream to Colvin Creek (above the salmon hatchery).

Klickitat River – Under permanent rules, the Klickitat River from Fishway #5 upstream closes to fishing for salmon and trout (including hatchery steelhead) beginning December 1. The whitefish only season from 400 feet above Fishway #5 upstream to the Yakama Reservation boundary begins December 1. Whitefish gear rules will be in effect.

Trout

Swift Reservoir from the dam upstream to the Eagle Cliff Bridge – No report on angling success.  Remains open to fishing through November 30. Until then, the daily limit is 10 hatchery rainbows. Landlocked salmon rules are in effect (salmon count towards the trout daily limit); however, all salmon larger than 15 inches must be released.

Recent plants of one-pound rainbows into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

* BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=BATTLE%20GROUND%20LK%20(CLAR)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

* FORT BORST PRK LK (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=FORT%20BORST%20PRK%20LK%20(LEWI)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 22, 2017
Rainbow
750
1
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.8
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

* KLINELINE PD (CLAR)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KLINELINE%20PD%20(CLAR)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
1,500
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

* KRESS LK (COWL)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KRESS%20LK%20(COWL)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 22, 2017
Rainbow
750
1
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,500
0.97
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.8
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

* LEWIS CO PRK PD-S (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LEWIS%20CO%20PRK%20PD-S%20(LEWI)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 22, 2017
Rainbow
750
1
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.8
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

* ROWLAND LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=ROWLAND%20LK%20(KLIC)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>

Nov 21, 2017
Rainbow
1,242
0.97
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
547
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 20, 2017
Rainbow
463
0.97
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Southwest Washington Fishing Report (11-8-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br. downstream: 30 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 3 fish. 2 boat anglers had no catch. Upstream from the I-5 Br: 77 bank rods kept 34 adult and 1 jack coho and released 11 adult Chinook and 26 adult coho. 6 boat rods kept 6 adult coho and released 6 fish.

COHO ARE PROVIDING THE SEASON’S BEST FISHING OPPORTUNITIES AT THE MOMENT IN WASHINGTON’S SOUTHWESTERN QUARTER. BARRY DUBNOW CAUGHT THIS ONE ON THE HUMPTULIPS WHILE TWITCHING JIGS WITH GUIDE JARED CADY. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 1,989 coho adults, 333 coho jacks, 98 fall Chinook adults, two fall Chinook jacks, 43 cutthroat trout, and 16 summer-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 106 coho adults and 24 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 217 coho adults, 34 coho jacks and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 838 coho adults, 182 coho jacks, six fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and nine cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 579 coho adults, 76 coho jacks and two cutthroat trout into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,900 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, November 6. Water visibility is four feet and water temperature is 51.1 degrees F.

Mainstem Lewis River – 12 bank and 3 boat rods had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 72 bank rods kept 1 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho. 40 boat rods kept 4 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 24 adult coho and released 4 adult Chinook and 5 jack and 8 adult coho.

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (10-31-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED WITH WDFW, INCLUDING PAUL HOFFARTH, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. Downstream:  4 bank rods released 2 cutts.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  22 bank rods kept 14 adult coho and released 7 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 6 adult coho.  No boats were sampled last week.

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

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 4,418 coho adults, 512 coho jacks, 398 fall Chinook adults, 12 fall Chinook jacks, 97 cutthroat trout, and 120 summer-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 1,010 coho adults, 128 coho jacks, and one cutthroat trout and into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 814 coho adults and 90 coho jacks  at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 1,875 coho adults, 203 coho jacks, 37 fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and 16 cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, WA and they released 232 coho adults and 40 coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle, WA.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, October 30. Water visibility is five feet and water temperature is 51.5 degrees F.

Kalama River – 8 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.

Mainstem Lewis River – 4 bank rods had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 1 adult coho.  27 boat rods kept 7 adult Chinook and 18 adult coho and released 2 jack and 8 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.

Klickitat River – 9 bank anglers kept 4 adult coho.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 170 salmonid anglers (including 66 boats) with 7 adult coho and 1 jack and 2 adult Chinook.  All of the coho and the jack Chinook were kept; one of the adult Chinook was kept and the other released.

Hanford Reach – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Biologist in Pasco:  Based on the data we collected this fall, a preliminary estimate of 11,319 adult chinook, 868 jacks, and 19 coho were harvested in the Hanford Reach fall fishery.  There were an estimated 30,070 angler trips. Escapement will likely be in the 50-60,000 adults range this year.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem above the Wauna powerlines – Catch rates improved somewhat but effort dropped with 381 sturgeon boats and 243 bank anglers tallied on Saturday’s flight.  Over 1,000 boats and 500 bank anglers were counted during each of the previous 2 retention days. Still have 2/3 of the guideline (something like 834 fish) left.

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (10-24-17)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ORIGINATED WITH WDFW AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon/Steelhead

Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Goble, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman and Elochoman rivers – Re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon beginning November 1.

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  19 bank rods kept 2 adult coho and released 3.  16 boat rods kept 4 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.  Above the I-5 Br:  98 bank rods kept 2 jack and 28 adult coho and released 1 jack and 43 adult Chinook, 10 jack and 15 adult coho, 3 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat trout.

CARTER HOTCHKISS NABBED THIS STEELHEAD AND A COHO NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE DESCHUTES WHILE TROLLING ½-OUNCE FAT WIGGLERS IN WATERMELON AND BENGAL PATTERNS DURING A GUIDED TRIP WITH BOB TOMAN. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,564 coho adults, 636 coho jacks, 292 fall Chinook adults, nine fall Chinook jacks, 53 cutthroat trout, 12 summer-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 646 coho adults and 152 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 522 coho adults, 141 coho jacks and two cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 1,264 coho adults, 302 coho jacks, 26 fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and five cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,910 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 23. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 51.8 degrees F.

North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 1 jack and 2 adult coho.  4 boat rods kept 2 adult Chinook.  Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam remains open to fishing through October 31. It will re-open for salmon and hatchery steelhead Dec. 16.

Lower Wind River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.

Drano Lake- 4 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.  6 boat anglers kept 5 adult Chinook.  Beginning November 1, open to fishing for 7 days per week.

White Salmon River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish from the county road below the former location of the powerhouse upstream.

Klickitat River – 26 bank anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 240 anglers (including 68 boats) with 1 jack and 40 adult Chinook, 43 adult coho but no steelhead.  Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1.

Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2017 creel census program. The program will resume in February 2018.

Bonneville Pool – 3 boat anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam –  Sturgeon fishing was about as lousy as the weather last Saturday.  We sampled 688 anglers (including 129 boats) with 11 legals kept.  There were 155 vehicles from the sturgeon deadline just below Bonneville Dam downstream to Hamilton Is.  There was a mass exodus there by late morning.