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Columbia Springer Managers Discuss Reopener

Columbia spring Chinook managers are today discussing potentially reopening portions of the big river starting as early as this Friday.

A fact sheet out ahead of an 11 a.m. hearing says that even with this week’s downgraded runsize, there are still 2,565 of the salmon available for fisheries below Bonneville, 503 from the dam to the Washington-Oregon border.

AN ODFW SAMPLER WANDS AN ANGLER’S SPRING CHINOOK DURING 2015’S SEASON. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Biologists are recommending that the lower river be reopened May 25 through June 6, or 13 days of fishing, while the upper section be fished May 25 through June 15, 22 days.

“Staff estimates that the below Bonneville season as recommended would accrue an additional 2,400 upriver Chinook mortalities, bringing the season total to 6,933 fish, or 98% of the allocation at the current run size,” the fact sheet reads.

An estimated 210 would be caught in the gorge pools to the border.

This year’s run has been slow to come in, and earlier this week managers reduced their forecast to 116,500 back to the mouth of the Columbia, down from the 166,700 predicted last December.

During the late winter and early spring fisheries, anglers accounted for 4,332 upriver-bound salmon mortalities, which would be covered under run buffering by as few as 81,800 past Bonneville. It now appears many  more than that will in fact return, with the dam count at 70,000 and change through yesterday.

More as final word comes down.

Salmon Managers Downgrade Columbia Springer Run Expectation

Columbia salmon managers today downgraded this year’s spring Chinook run, though they say there’s still some uncertainty with the new number.

They now predict 116,500 back to the mouth of the big river, down from the 166,700 forecasted last December.

ANTHONY CLEMENTS SHOWS OFF A SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT IN THE COLUMBIA GORGE EARLIER THIS SEASON. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

“Given daily fluctuations of Chinook passage and the current river flow level at Bonneville Dam, there is some uncertainty in the run size estimate,” a statement from supervising biologist Joe Hymer says.

Through yesterday, May 20, a total of 64,479 springers have been counted at the dam, a bit below half of the 10-year average for the date, 133,655, but nearly 20,000 more than last year at this time.

According to catch estimates from late last month, anglers accounted for 4,332 upriver-bound salmon mortalities through April 14 (4,268 kept, 64 released and estimated died).

Managers said that a return of just 81,800 would cover that impact to the ESA-listed stock.

Flows at Bonneville are around 480,000 cubic feet per second right now, whereas the 10-year average is around 325,000 cfs.

Over the past three weeks, daily counts have been as high as 7,287 to as low as 852.

Today’s runsize update is just slightly more than actually came back in 2017, when managers had initially predicted 160,400. Only 115,882 did.

 

SW WA Fishing Report (5-21-18)

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

Washington Columbia River tributaries salmonid sport sampling summaries for May 14-20

Elochoman River from mouth to Elochoman Hatchery Bridge located 400′ below the upper hatchery rack.
ALL SPECIES – selective gear rules.

Other Game Fish Last Sat. in May-Fri. before first Sat. in June
Statewide min. size/daily limit except no min. size/daily limit for BASS, CHANNEL CATFISH, and WALLEYE.

SALMON & STEELHEAD
Last Sat. in May- Fri. before first Sat. in June
Min. size 12″. Daily limit 6. Up to 3 adult SALMON or hatchery STEELHEAD may be retained of which only 2 may be SALMON.
Release wild CHINOOK.

GREEN RIVER_ (Cowlitz Co.) from mouth to 400′ below Toutle Hatchery intake and South Fork Toutle River from mouth to 4700 Rd. Bridge:

All Game Fish Last Sat. in May-Fri .before first Sat. in June
Catch-and-release except daily limit 3 hatchery STEELHEAD.
Selective gear rules.

AUSTIN RODRIGUEZ SHOWS OFF A HEFTY SPRING CHINOOK FROM DRANO LAKE, REPORTED AT 22 POUNDS. IT BIT A PRAWN SPINNER, AND RODRIGUEZ REPORTS HE AND A FRIEND LIMITED. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Lower Cowlitz River (I-5 Br downstream) –  51 bank rods kept 1 adult Chinook.  1 boat angler had no catch.

Upper Cowlitz River (Above the I-5 Br) – 27 bank rods kept 2 adult and 1 jack Chinook.

From the Lexington (Sparks) Road Bridge upstream to 400 feet or boundary markers below the barrier dam – Beginning June 1, barbed hooks will be allowed for salmon, steelhead, and cutthroats.

Kalama River – 28 bank anglers kept 2 adult Chinook and 2 steelhead and released 1 steelhead. 15 boat anglers kept 4 adult Chinook.

Lewis River (mainstem) – 4 bank rods had no catch.  10 boat rods kept 1 adult Chinook.

Lewis River (North Fork) – 51 bank rods kept 5 adult and 1 jack Chinook.  4 boat rods had no catch.

East Fork Lewis River from the mouth to 400 feet below Horseshoe Falls (except closures around various falls) and the Washougal River from the mouth to Salmon Falls Bridge – Under permanent rules these areas will be open to fishing with bait for hatchery steelhead beginning the first Saturday in June.

Wind River (mouth) – 14 bank rods had no catch.  256 boat rods kept 54 adult Chinook and released 8 adult Chinook.

Wind River (upper) – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

Drano Lake – 6 bank rods had no catch.  435 boat rods kept 97 adult and 1 jack Chinook and released 3 adult and 1 jack Chinook.

Klickitat River – 35 bank anglers kept 2 adult Chinook and 1 steelhead and released 2 adult Chinook.

Klickitat River from the mouth (Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge) upstream the Fisher Hill Bridge and from 400 feet upstream from #5 fishway upstream to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery – Effective June 1, open to fishing 7 days per week. Daily limit 6 hatchery Chinook of which 2 may be adults. In addition, up to 3 hatchery steelhead may be retained.

Washington lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville sport sampling summaries for May 14-20

Hatchery steelhead and Chinook jacks – Some anglers are doing ok on hatchery steelhead.

Sturgeon – 1 out of every 24 boat anglers kept a legal sturgeon. Only 1 bank angler was checked with a fish they could take home!

Shad – We did not sample any shad anglers last week.

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 Fishing Report (4-30-18)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br downstream:  261 bank rods kept 5 adult spring Chinook and 3 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.  61 boat rods kept 4 adult spring Chinook.  Above the I-5 Br:  95 bank rods kept 9 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.  32 boat rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook

TICKETS FOR THE MERRY-GO-ROUND AT DRANO’S WEST END WILL BE IN INCREASING DEMAND AS DAM COUNTS FINALLY PICK UP. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 717 winter-run steelhead, 100 spring Chinook adults, and eight summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released ten winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 61 winter-run steelhead into the Cispus River near Yellow Jacket Creek.

Tacoma Power also released 27 winter-run steelhead and 10 spring Chinook adults into Lake Scanewa near Randle.  They released 29 spring Chinook at Franklin Bridge in Packwood

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,160 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, April 30. Water visibility is nine feet and the water temperature is 46.8 degrees F.

Kalama River – 36 bank anglers kept 2 adult spring Chinook and released 4 steelhead.  72 boat anglers kept 15 adult spring Chinook and released 10 steelhead.

Mainstem Lewis River – 37 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook.  23 boat rods kept 3 adult spring Chinook.

North Fork Lewis River – 50 bank rods kept 2 adult spring Chinook.  58 boat rods kept 9 adult spring Chinook and released 5 steelhead.

Wind River – 11 bank rods had no catch.  41 boat rods kept 4 adult spring Chinook and released 1.

Drano Lake – 17 bank rods had no catch.  189 boat rods kept 30 adult spring Chinook and released 2.

Klickitat River – 7 bank rods had no catch.

Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (4-23-18)

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

Columbia River Angling Report

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Gorge Bank: CLOSED.  No report.

BRENDA SKINNER SHOWS OFF A SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT DURING THE APRIL 14 REOPENER. (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock): CLOSED.  No report.

Troutdale Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Portland to Westport Bank: CLOSED.  No report.

Portland to St. Helens Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Goble to Beaver (Clatskanie) Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Wauna Powerlines to Clatsop Spit Bank: CLOSED. No report.

Westport to Buoy 10 Boats: CLOSED.  No report.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one adult spring Chinook kept for 13 bank anglers.

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed four sublegal and two oversize sturgeon released for one boat (four anglers).

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.  Weekly checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

WALLEYE

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

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed one walleye kept for one bank angler; and 20 walleye kept for four boats (10 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 111 walleye kept, plus 34 walleye released for 57 boats (128 anglers).

Washington Columbia River mainstem and its tributaries sport sampling summaries for April 16-22 + a BONUS FACTOID

BONUS FACTOID – The 551 adult spring Chinook counted at Bonneville Dam through April 22nd are the 2nd lowest on record.  The record low are the 427 adults counted through April 22, 2006.  However, over 126,000 spring Chinook were tallied crossing the dam by the end of that season (June 15, 2006).

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream:  143 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.  18 boat rods kept 2 adult spring Chinook.  Above the I-5 Bridge:  195 bank rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and 22 steelhead and released 2 steelhead.  91 boat rods kept 3 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook and 20 steelhead and released 1 steelhead.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 629 winter-run steelhead and 90 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 eight winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and they released 66 winter-run steelhead and 23 spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River, near Yellow Jacket Creek.

Tacoma Power also released 14 winter-run steelhead and 20 spring Chinook adults into Lake Scanewa near Randle.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,280 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, April 23. Water visibility is five feet and the water temperature is 42.8 degrees F.

Bank anglers should note the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing from May 1 through June 15 per permanent regulations.

Kalama River – 29 bank anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook and released 5 steelhead.  10 boat anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook and released 3 steelhead.

Lewis River mainstem – 39 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook. 16 boat rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook and released 1 adult spring Chinook.

North Fork Lewis River – 56 bank rods kept 1 adult spring Chinook  43 boat rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and released 1 steelhead

Under current permanent rules, the Lewis (including North Fork) closes for spring Chinook effective May 1.  Also, the area from Johnson Creek upstream to the dam is closed to all fishing during the month of May.

Wind River – 12 boat anglers had no catch.

Effective May 1 through June 30, from the mouth to the Hwy. 14 Bridge each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Beginning May 1, anti-snagging rule will be in effect from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls upstream to boundary markers approximately 800 yards downstream from Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed 400 feet below to 100 feet above the Coffer Dam) -From May 1 through June 30, the salmon and steelhead daily limit will be a total of 2 chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Unmarked chinook may be retained in this section of the Wind. Night closure and anti-snagging rule will be in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Drano Lake -2 bank anglers had no catch. 57 boat anglers kept 8 adult spring Chinook

Effective May 1 through June 30, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved. In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Klickitat River – 5 bank anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – All fishing for sturgeon will be closed from May 1 through Aug. 31 in the sturgeon sanctuary from Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation Marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.

Bonneville Pool – Angling for sturgeon will be prohibited from May 1 through July 31 between The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

The Dalles Pool -Under permanent rules to protect spawning fish, closed to fishing for sturgeon from John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the west end of the grain silo at Rufus Oregon May 1 through July 31.

John Day Pool – Under permanent rules to protect spawning fish, closed to fishing for sturgeon from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to Hwy. 82 (Hwy. 395) Bridge May 1 through July 31.

Trout

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

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish perPound
Hatchery
Notes

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 16, 2018
Rainbow
3,361
2.31
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 17, 2018
Rainbow
3,000
1.45
VANCOUVER HATCHERY
Tacoma Power released 3,600 rainbow trout into South Lewis County Park Pond.

 

 

Portions Of Snake River Opening For Spring Chinook

THE FOLLOWING IS A WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE EMERGENCY RULE-CHANGE NOTICE

Action: Spring chinook salmon fishing opens two days per week on sections of the Snake River.

Species affected: Spring chinook

LITTLE GOOSE DAM IN THE BACKGROUND, JEFF MAIN OF SPOKANE HOLDS A 25-POUND SPRING CHINOOK CAUGHT OUT OF THE SNAKE RIVER A FEW SEASONS BACK. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

Locations and dates:

A) Below Ice Harbor Dam: Snake River from the South Bound Highway 12 Bridge near Pasco upstream about 7 miles to the fishing restriction boundary below Ice Harbor Dam. Opens Friday, April 20, and will be open only Fridays and Saturdays until further notice.

B) Below Little Goose Dam: Snake River from Texas Rapids boat launch (south side of the river upstream of the mouth of Tucannon River) to the fishing restriction boundary below Little Goose Dam.  This zone includes the rock and concrete area between the juvenile bypass return pipe and Little Goose Dam along the south shoreline of the facility (includes the walkway area locally known as “the Wall” in front of the juvenile collection facility). Opens Sunday, April 22, and will be open only Sundays and Mondays until further notice. 

C) Clarkston: Snake River from the downstream edge of the large power lines crossing the Snake River (just upstream from West Evans Road on the south shore) upstream about 3.5 miles to the Washington state line (from the east levee of the Greenbelt boat launch in Clarkston northwest across the Snake River to the Washington-Idaho boundary waters marker on the Whitman County shore). Opens Sunday, April 22, and will be open only Sundays and Mondays until further notice.  

Daily Limits: Six hatchery chinook (marked by a clipped adipose fin), of which no more than one may be an adult.  Anglers must cease fishing for salmon when the hatchery adult limit has been retained for the day.

Reason for action: A relatively good forecast of spring chinook combined with limited weekly openings in each zone should allow for a prolonged season, which was requested by anglers. The restrictions on the fishery should also help ensure sharing of fishing opportunities with upriver fishery zones and compliance with Endangered Species Act (ESA) restrictions and harvest allocations available for the Snake River.

Other Information:  Anglers may retain chinook that are 12 inches or larger. Adult chinook are 24 inches or larger. Anglers can retain only hatchery chinook, marked with a clipped adipose fin (chinook must have a healed scar at the location of the missing fin).  Any chinook salmon with an intact adipose fin, as well as all bull trout and steelhead must be immediately released unharmed.

In addition:  Anglers fishing for chinook salmon must use barbless hooks. A night closure is in effect or salmon fishing. Anglers cannot remove any chinook salmon or steelhead from the water unless it is to be retained as part of the daily bag limit.

Anglers are reminded to refer to the 2017-2018 Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet for other regulations. 

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 Springer Anglers Get Another Day Of Fishing

Spring Chinook anglers can chase their quarry again this Saturday, April 14, on the Columbia below Bonneville Dam.

State salmon managers made the decision to reopen the fishery yesterday afternoon after a very long conference call. Official rule-change notices haven’t been posted at this point, but here’s where to find ODFW’s and WDFW’s.

(ANDY WALGAMOTT)

They had initially proposed two days, the second being Wednesday, April 18, but there was quite a bit of pushback from upstream recreational and tribal fishing interests as well as from a higher-up at WDFW, according to Bill Monroe reporting in The Oregonian.

A fact sheet that came out before the meeting said that through April 7, anglers had accounted for 3,680 of the 7,157 available upriver mortalities, leaving 51 percent of the catch allocation at the 30 percent buffered runsize still available.

The forecast calls for 166,700 springers bound for tribs beyond Bonneville.

But this year’s return is coming in very sluggishly, with the tally breaking the triple-digit mark 20 days later than the 10-year average and the overall count of 125 through April 11 still the lowest on record for this same point of the run.

The Columbia has been running “slightly lower, colder, and clearer than recent 5-year averages for the first half of April,” managers reported.

Still, those are highly fishable conditions — at least if you’re not a plunker. Boaters have accounted for most of the catch.

“Given an available balance on the pre-season, buffered allocation of upriver spring Chinook(3,477 fish balance), there is potential for additional angling opportunity,” the fact sheet stated.

WDFW honchos have essentially been reacting to last year when a slow-developing run led to early closures in Eastern Washington.

It’s unclear how the rest of the 2018 springer run will proceed, but two things are for certain:

“Enjoy Saturday fishing, and in the meantime we will work hard to have a hearing to review the impacts as soon as is reasonable after the one day reopener,” read an email blast from the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association out last night.

 

‘New Record Low’ For Columbia Upriver Springer Run

This year’s Columbia River upriver spring Chinook run is off to a dubious start.

The 101 of the year’s first salmon counted at Bonneville so far is a “new record low,” according to Joe Hymer, a supervising fisheries biologist in Ridgefield.

A SPRINGER HOUND WONDERS, “WHERE ARE THE DANG FISH?” (ANDY WALGAMOTT)

It’s just 4.62 percent of the 10-year average at the dam for the date, 2,186.

“The previous record low were the 120 fish counted through April 10, 2005,” Hymer reported in an email factoid sent out this morning.

The April 10, 2006, count of 129 appears to be next lowest, a quick check of other low years’ tallies shows.

Even the lowest overall springer run seen at Bonneville, 1995’s, had pushed 1,616 over the dam by this point.

The 2018 forecast called for 166,700, about 90 percent of the 10-year average.

But this year’s top day so far was 27 last Friday, and the count has since posted 18-, 6-, 4- and 2-fish days.

Asked “What is the hold up? Is the water too cold, too shallow, too turbid, too pinnipeddy? Or is the forecast wrong?” Hymer simply replied, “Yes.”

Forecasters had warned of uncertainty — “Poor ocean conditions could potentially have negative impacts on spring Chinook returns” — when they issued predictions for the Cowlitz, Kalama and Lewis Rivers.

On the flip side, test netting earlier this week produced more than twice as many springers a drift as the previous week, 36 versus 14, but upriver fish declined to just 50 percent of the catch.

The sport fishery ended on Saturday, April 7, and catch stats have been a bit sketchy this season, but Hymer reported half a Chinook per boat (448 kept for 998 craft) landed last week, with continued dismal plunking for Washington-side shore sitters (three for 203).