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SW WA, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (12-4-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br. downstream:  7 bank rods had no catch.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  54 bank rods kept 8 adult coho and released 7 adult coho and 1 cutthroat.  No boat anglers were sampled.

BUZZ RAMSEY REPORTS THAT BLACK FRIDAY RAINBOWS ARE STILL ON THE LOOSE AT ROWLAND LAKE. HIS SON BLAKE AND FRIEND CHRIS SESSIONS PICKED UP THESE LAST FRIDAY BY TROLLING A MAG LIP 2.5. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,187 coho adults, 41 coho jacks, four fall Chinook adults, 12 cutthroat trout, five summer-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 265 coho adults and five coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 284 coho adults and six coho jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 531 coho adults, 16 coho jacks, three fall Chinook adults, and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and released 376 coho adults and three coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 12,100 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, December 4. Water visibility is two feet and water temperature is 47.5 degrees F.

Kalama River – 7 bank anglers had no catch.

McNary Reservoir Steelhead Sport Fishery – Report from Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish and Wildlife Biologist in Pasco WA – The Columbia River from McNary to the Tri-cities reopened for the harvest of steelhead on December 1. There was a large flurry of anglers that came out to fish over the weekend. There were 338 angler trips during the past three days.  Anglers averaged 16 hours per steelhead, unfortunately most of the fish caught were wild, 71 of the 80 fish caught had to be turned back. For the fishery (August 1 – December 3) only 37 steelhead have been harvested and 93 wild steelhead have been caught and released from 2,564 angler trips.

Hanford Reach Steelhead Sport Fishery (Hwy 395 – Hanford) – Report from Paul Hoffarth – Steelhead fishing continues to be slow to fair in the lower Hanford Reach.  Bank anglers averaged a steelhead for 20.1 hours of fishing.  Boat anglers continue to do considerably better at 1.5 steelhead per boat (9.6 hours per fish). An estimated 226 steelhead were caught in November and 132 were harvested. Roughly 80% of the fish caught in November were Ringold Springs origin (adipose + right ventral fin clipped).

Since the fishery opened on October 1, a total of 194 steelhead have harvested plus an additional 131 caught & released from 1,397 angler trips.  Daily limit is one steelhead per day and the steelhead must have both an adipose and ventral fin clip (through December 31). This year’s return to Ringold Springs Hatchery is estimated at ~800 steelhead.

Recent releases of surplus hatchery steelhead and brood stock rainbow into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes*

Adult WintersNov 20, 2017
Rainbow
1,000
0.92
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY
* SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=SPEARFISH%20LK%20(KLIC)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Nov 29, 2017
Rainbow
79
0.1GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Nov 27, 2017
Rainbow
100
0.1
GOLDENDALE 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

Rainbow Fishing Good, About To Get Better On Black Friday

“The trout bite is heating up like a frozen turkey dropped into the fryer.”

So reported angler Jerry Han of the Tri-Cities area following an outing on a “local lake” in Central Washington last weekend.

He didn’t share GPS coordinates of said pond, but if we had to bet, we’d put whole pots full of Thanksgiving Day leftovers on it being a well-known water north of his Kennewick dental practice.

Han was accompanied by friend Rick Beery, a “self-professed fly guy,” who reportedly “made some interesting gagging sounds” when directed to bring along some nightcrawlers to bait up sons Paul and Joseph’s lures.

RICK BEERY AND SONS PAUL AND JOSEPH SHOW OFF A REAL NICE CENTRAL WASHINGTON RAINBOW CAUGHT LAST WEEKEND WITH JERRY HAN. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Their trolling programs included Wedding Rings behind dodgers, as well as Berkley Flicker Minnows.

“Good action, but we had to work for them,” notes Han.

They caught at least four nice-sized trout, including one that may have helped out with bug boy Beery’s gag-reflex issues.

“Apparently catching a 23-inch rainbow magically clears up that illness,” Dr. Han reports.

THAT AIN’T A CARTON OF SAN JUAN WORMS IN FLYRODDER BEERY’S LEFT HAND! NIGHTCRAWLERS ACCOUNTED FOR HIS HEFTY RAINBOW. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Elsewhere in Washington, if you’re able to waddle out of the house on Black Friday, tons of trout are awaiting anglers. WDFW announced earlier this month it will have stocked these lakes for post-Thanksgiving fishing:

  • Battle Ground Lake (2,000) and Klineline Pond (2,000) in Clark County
  • Kress Lake (2,000) in Cowlitz County
  • Fort Borst Park Pond (2,000) and South Lewis County Park Pond (2,000) in Lewis County
  • American (2,500) and Tanwax (1,000) Lakes in Pierce County
  • Rowland Lake (2,000) in Klickitat County
  • Black (3,000), Long (1,000) and Offutt (1,000) Lakes in Thurston County
  • Elton Pond North (2,000) in Yakima County

Missing from this list but also recently stocked is Beaver Lake in Sammamish, which got another 700 broodstockers.

While several of the above lakes are closed until Friday, Beaver’s open now.

For more rainbow releases, go here.

Tons Of Trout Headed To Washington Lakes For Fall Fishing

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

With thousands of rainbow trout destined for Washington lakes before November, anglers should have plenty of places to enjoy great fishing this fall and through the holiday season.

 

ONE-POUND RAINBOWS WILL BE STOCKED IN NUMEROUS LAKES AROUND WASHINGTON FOR THE FALL FISHING SEASON. (WDFW)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will stock at least 45 Washington lakes with catchable-size trout this fall. Additionally, the department stocks millions of smaller trout each spring, many of which will have grown to catchable size.

“Fall can be one of the best times of the year to reel in a nice-sized trout, and fishing should be terrific over the next few months,” said Steve Thiesfeld, WDFW’s inland fish program manager. “Most of the stocked trout are 13 to 15 inches long, with a few larger ones in the mix.”

Some of the lakes recently stocked include Island Lake in Kitsap County; Isabella, Island, Lost, Nahwatzel, and Spencer lakes in Mason County; Lake Sylvia in Grays Harbor County; and Gibbs, Teal and Leland lakes in Jefferson County.

Dozens of additional lakes will be stocked throughout the state in October and November providing fishing opportunities into the new year.

The complete list of lakes to be stocked, and the department’s recently updated stocking plan, are available for viewing at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/fall-into-fishing/.

The fall fish plants are in response to anglers’ requests to increase fall and winter trout fishing opportunities, said Thiesfeld.

The effort also includes stocking lakes across the state for the Nov. 24 Black Friday opener, which offers anglers the opportunity to skip the shopping malls, get outside and enjoy fishing on the day after Thanksgiving.

For up-to-date stocking information this fall, anglers should follow the department on Twitter or Facebook, accessible from http://wdfw.wa.gov, or see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

To participate, anglers must have a current Washington freshwater fishing license valid through March 31, 2018.

Licenses can be purchased by telephone at 1-866-246-9453, at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov, or at hundreds of license vendors across the state. For details on license vendor locations, visit the WDFW website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/licensing/vendors/.

Fishing Derby Brings Back Memories, Makes New Ones For Dad, Daughters

Editor’s note: The following was photographed, written and submitted by Grant Wooldridge.

By Grant Wooldridge

Look out, April Vokey! My two young gun girls are starting strong in the local trout circuit!

KIRSTEN AND AVEY WOOLDRIDGE SHOW OFF THE RAINBOW TROUT THEY CAUGHT AT ANGLE LAKE, NEAR SEATAC AIRPORT SOUTH OF SEATTLE. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

Pictured are my first- and third-born daughters, Avey and Kirsten. Avey is the oldest at 6 years old, and Kirsten is three. They won 1st and 2nd place for girls under 8 years old at the annual Angle Lake Shore Club fishing derby last weekend!

DAD GRANT WOOLDRIDGE SMILES WHILE HOLDING HIS DAUGHTERS’ CATCH, GOOD ENOUGH TO TAKE FIRST AND SECOND IN THE UNDER-EIGHT AGE GROUP. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

We woke up before dawn on Sunday, April 30. I fried up some eggs and cooked up some hot cereal for the kids. I had been building this up for a few weeks and the girls were excited. It had been over 30 years since I had fished this local fishing derby as a kid and now the excitement was renewed with little ones of my own.

The goal was to make fishing fun so that I had some fishing pals for the future. I figured it wasn’t raining, so we were off to a good start anyway.

We set off trolling our way to the sign-up dock with a simple split shot, swivel, leader and red Wedding Ring set-up.  We had a few rigs tied up with a Ford Fender flasher as well. We used cut nightcrawlers, a little PowerBait and some pink maggots that Avey picked out.

AVEY REELS ONE IN AS HER DAD KEEPS AN EYE ON THE FISH. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

This actually brought us great results as the day went on.  As luck (read that as skill) would have it, we had two trout in the box by the time we made it over to the sign-up location.

When we arrived, a bonfire, hot cocoa and doughnuts were waiting for us! This certainly magnified what was already a quality father-and-daughter(s) experience.

But even with the fun, festivities and chocolate stinkin’ doughnuts, my little fish-magnet girls were anxious to get back on the water for more stocker trout action!

WITH HER GRANDFATHER GLEN WOOLDRIDGE ON THE NET, AVEY SUCCESSFULLY BRINGS ANOTHER RAINBOW TO HAND. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

They proceeded to boat seven more fish in short order! The girls were having a blast!! Before we reached the halfway point of the morning, Avey and Kirsten were already making plans with pops to fish in the derby again next year.

GRANDPA AND GRANDDAUGHTER GLOW WITH THE REWARD FOR GOOD TEAMWORK. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

Once back at the derby location, we measured our catch and were entered into the catch record for the day. Sure enough, we went home with prizes of hula-hoops, jump ropes and beach toys.

What a great day on the water, fishing out of the very awesome but a tad overkill Wooldridge 21’ XP.

GRANT HAS SURELY HOOKED SOME YOUNG FISHERGIRLS ON ANGLING AFTER A SUCCESSFUL TRIP OUT ON ANGLE LAKE THAT NOT ONLY YIELDED A GREAT CATCH, BUT PRIZES TOO FOR KIRSTEN AND AVEY. (GRANT WOOLDRIDGE)

Editor’s note: Grant is the vice president of our longtime backpage advertisers, Wooldridge Boats.