THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS ORIGINATED WITH ODFW AND WDFW STAFF AND WERE TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC
Lower Columbia mainstem sport sampling summary for Feb. 19-25
Sec. 5 (Woodland) bank – 7 salmonid anglers had no catch.
Sec. 5 (Woodland) boat- 1 boat/ 1 salmonid angler had no catch.
Sec. 8 (Longview) bank – 2 salmonid anglers had no catch
Salmon, Steelhead and Shad
Salmonid angling is slow in the lower Columbia River but should begin to pick up in the coming weeks.
Gorge Bank: No report.
Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock): No report.
Troutdale Boats: No report.
Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed no catch for 55 bank anglers.
Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for 23 boats (46 anglers).
Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): No report.
Estuary Boats (Buoy 10 to Wauna Powerlines): No report.
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): No report.
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): No report.
John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): No report.
Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. No report.
Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Closed for retention. No report.
The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Closed for retention. No report.
John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Closed for retention. No report.
Bonneville Pool: No report.
The Dalles Pool: No report.
John Day Pool: No report.
Hanford Reach Steelhead Sport Fishery (Hwy 395 – Hanford)
Effort was light for steelhead fishing in the Hanford Reach but the catch and harvest improved, at least for the boat anglers. WDFW staff interviewed 54 anglers in February. Bank anglers averaged a steelhead for 55 hours of fishing but the boat anglers averaged a steelhead every 4 hours. An estimated 232 steelhead were caught in February and 122 were harvested. Since the fishery opened on October 1, 434 steelhead have harvested plus an additional 282 steelhead were caught & released from 2,440 angler trips.
The steelhead fishery in the Hanford Reach will close at the end of March except for the bank fishery. A small section of shoreline at the Ringold access area will continue to be open for “bank angling only” through April 15.
McNary Reservoir Steelhead Sport Fishery: February
Angler effort was very low in February but catch improved, harvest did not. An estimated 31 steelhead were caught in February and 6 were harvested. Catch per hour decreased from 19 hours per steelhead to 9.5 hours per fish. There were 131 angler trips for steelhead in February, down from 529 in January. Bank anglers averaged a steelhead for 7.3 hours of fishing. Boat anglers 15.5 hours per fish. For the fishery (August 1 – February 28) 141 steelhead have been harvested and 469 wild steelhead have been caught and released from 4,439 angler trips.
Effective January 1 the daily limit is two hatchery steelhead per day. This area will close to the retention of steelhead on March 31.