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Lower Columbia, Buoy 10, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (8-16-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Eight hundred twenty-six Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10 this past weekend.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 2.24 Chinook and 0.19 coho caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.07 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Portland to Tongue Point area averaged 0.47 Chinook and 0.28 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.13 Chinook caught per angler.

A MULKEY SPINNER TROLLED BEHIND A FISH FLASH DURING THE FLOOD TIDE ABOVE THE BRIDGE YIELDED THIS FINE FALL CHINOOK FOR BUZZ RAMSEY. (BUZZ RAMSEY)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed two Chinook adults kept for 16 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for two boats (five anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one steelhead released for 15 boats (28 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 14 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 34 Chinook adults and three Chinook jacks kept, plus one Chinook adult, one Chinook jack and 21 steelhead released for 75 boats (178 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 535 Chinook adults and 29 coho adults kept, plus 129 Chinook, 27 coho and one steelhead released for 297 boats (1,013 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and one steelhead released for five boats (10 anglers); and no shad catch for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed eight Chinook adults kept for one boat (five anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two shad kept, plus 20 shad released for three boats (eight anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed four sublegal and three legal white sturgeon released for two boats (three anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and seven sublegal, two legal and three oversize white sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed four oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed one walleye kept, plus one walleye released for seven boats (14 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  Weekend checking showed four walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 36 walleye kept for eight boats (14 anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.

IDFG Closes Steelhead Retention Due To Very Low Run, But Keeps C&R Op Open

THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME

An extremely small number of steelhead returning to Idaho so far has prompted Fish and Game to reduce the bag limit on adipose-clipped hatchery steelhead to zero – closing all rivers to harvest for the fall steelhead season.

Through Aug. 14, about 400 steelhead have crossed Lower Granite Dam about 30 miles downstream from Lewiston. The 10-year average for that date is about 6,000 steelhead.  Regardless of the size of the hatchery return, anglers have been required to release any wild fish caught since 1987. Catch and release of wild fish is an important conservation tool to protect them, and it continues this year.

AN IDFG GRAPH SHOWS HOW THIS YEAR’S STEELHEAD RUN COMPARES TO PAST ONES. (IDFG)

Closing harvest of hatchery steelhead while leaving it open for catch-and-release fishing will also help ensure enough broodstock return to steelhead hatcheries to produce the next generation of fish.

Although only a fraction of the steelhead run has crossed Lower Granite Dam, fisheries managers are tracking the run as it moves upstream.

Historic run data shows that by Aug. 15, about half of the fish should have already crossed Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River, which is the first dam where the fish are counted. Through Aug. 14, only 3,900 Idaho steelhead have crossed Bonneville.

Fisheries managers are carefully watching steelhead returns, and if there’s an unexpected increase, harvest can be reopened, but at this point, that’s very unlikely. Washington and Oregon have also restricted steelhead harvest for anglers in the Columbia River to protect Idaho-bound fish.

“We realize steelhead anglers will be disappointed, and many will choose not to fish this fall as a result of the decision to close harvest,” said Lance Hebdon, Fish and Game’s anadromous fish manager. “We will continue to monitor hatchery and wild steelhead returns as the run continues to determine if changes are needed.”

Fisheries managers say they’re aware some people are concerned about the possible effects of allowing catch-and-release angling on a small return.

“Based on our experience, catch-and-release fishing has proven to be an effective conservation tool, and we’ve been able to allow it in the past while still protecting a below-average return of wild fish,” Hebdon said. “We realize that catch and release is not zero-impact, but it is very low impact. With the expected reduction in angler participation, we are confident that the protection is there. We have documented populations rebounding even with a limited number of spawners.”

Every year’s run of adults is produced by at least two years of outmigrating young fish, which provide a buffer during years of poor returns.

Fish managers know that fewer people fish for steelhead when the run is small, and even fewer will fish because harvest is not allowed. But it’s important that anglers practicing catch-and-release treat all steelhead with care and release them with minimal handling. Here are some tips for properly releasing fish unharmed.

Idaho’s steelhead runs typically fluctuate from year to year, but what makes this year unusual is an exceptionally small hatchery return at the same time as a small wild run. The 1996 steelhead run, for example, had only 7,600 wild fish, but they combined with 79,000 hatchery fish.

Fish and Game has only closed all steelhead fishing (harvest and catch and release) once in the last 43 years. Harvest restrictions and length limits have been implemented in the past for the Clearwater River, Snake and Salmon rivers to adjust for low returns.

Fisheries managers are hoping this is a short-term situation. All salmon and steelhead runs to Idaho this year have been below average, and small runs were forecasted based on early indicators last year.

Portions of this steelhead run migrated to the Pacific in 2015, which was a low-water year with early hot weather that produced hazardous river conditions for young fish leaving Idaho. Ocean productivity was also poor that year, which persisted in 2016, and made conditions even more difficult for fish.

While closing the harvest for adipose-clipped steelhead could put a damper on fall fisheries, an abundant run of fall chinook returning to Idaho will provide some good fishing opportunity. The forecast is for 27,000 chinook, and those fish are now arriving.

Fall chinook fishing season opens on Aug. 18, and anglers can harvest six adult chinook daily, and there’s no bag limit on “jack” fall chinook smaller than 24 inches. Here is the full rules and seasons brochure.

Salmon and steelhead runs tend to be cyclical, and to learn why things are likely to improve next year, read F&G wild salmon and steelhead coordinator Tim Copeland’s article about early signs pointing to improvement.

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.

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

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (8/5) flight, 105 salmonid boats and 23 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 641 Oregon boats at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.52 Chinook and 0.06 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.16 Chinook and 0.03 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.17 steelhead caught per angler.

A HERRING BEHIND A FISH FLASH SERVED UP SUPPER FOR SALT LAKE CITY’S RAMONA PAULSON NEAR BUOY 10. SHE WAS FISHING WITH GUIDE MIKE KELLY. (VIA BUZZ RAMSEY)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed three steelhead released for 18 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (three anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed no catch for 10 boats (16 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for seven bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed five Chinook adults kept, plus one Chinook adult and one steelhead released for 37 boats (86 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 138 Chinook adults and 12 coho adults kept, plus 28 Chinook and six coho released for 318 boats (972 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for six bank anglers; and two steelhead released for one boat (two anglers).

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

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

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed four sublegal, one legal and one oversize white sturgeon released for four boats (nine anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 28 sublegal, 13 legal and three oversize sturgeon released for five boats (14 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed five walleye kept, plus two walleye released for six boats (11 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  Weekend checking showed four walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 43 walleye kept, plus six walleye released for four boats (eight anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 20 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for seven bank anglers; and 155 walleye kept, plus 52 walleye released for 25 boats (54 anglers).

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Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Above the I-5 Bridge – 26 boats/75 rods kept 26 steelhead and released 26 cutthroats.  84 bank rods kept 19 adult spring Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 3 adult and 3 jack spring Chinook and 1 cutthroat.  I-5 Bridge downstream – 3 bank and 2 boats/6 rods had no catch.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 224 spring Chinook adults, eight spring Chinook jacks, 12 mini-jacks , 105 summer-run steelhead adults, one fall Chinook adult and two fall Chinook jacks in five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 78 spring Chinook adults and two spring Chinook jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 128 spring Chinook adults and six spring Chinook jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,160 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, August 7. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 58.3 degrees F.
Drano Lake – 4 boats/8 anglers kept 3 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook and released 2 steelhead.  27 boats trolling were observed here last Saturday morning.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam During the first 6 days of the fall sport season on the lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam, we sampled 400 salmonid anglers (including 90 boats) with 4 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 11 steelhead, and no coho.

Effort is relatively light with just over 100 boats and 141 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s flight.

3 (75%) of the adult fall Chinook were kept though anglers may retain any fish.  All of the steelhead were released as required.  6 of the fish were wild, 4 hatchery, and 1 unknown origin.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 30 sturgeon anglers (including 7 boats) with 26 legals released.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 2 walleye anglers (1 boat) had no catch.   Quite a bit of effort in the Camas/Washougal area last Saturday were 18 boats were counted.

Trout

Tacoma Power released 3,700 rainbow trout into Mayfield Lake this past week.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (8-3-17)

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

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

On Saturday’s (7/29) flight, 122 salmonid boats and 66 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.89 summer Chinook and 0.89 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.14 summer Chinook and 0.08 steelhead caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.22 summer Chinook and 0.25 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.90 summer Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.01 summer Chinook and 0.23 steelhead caught per angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.05 steelhead caught per angler.

FUN FISHING OUT AT BUOY 1, ROB BIGNALL OF IT’S ALL GOOD GUIDE SERVICE SHOWS OFF THE GRADE OF CHINOOK COMING INTO THE LOWER COLUMBIA. THIS ONE BIT A HERRING BEHIND A BIG AL’S FISH FLASH IN THE MONEY PATTERN. (VIA JARROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed four steelhead kept, plus one Chinook and 12 steelhead released for 70 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults and four steelhead kept, plus four Chinook and four steelhead released for nine boats (35 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed two Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and one steelhead kept, plus three Chinook adults and two steelhead released for 36 boats (75 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed one steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 37 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekly checking showed six Chinook adults, and six steelhead kept, plus one Chinook adult and two steelhead released for 32 boats (73 anglers); and one shad kept for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines): No report.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Powerlines): Weekly checking showed three Chinook adults kept, plus six Chinook adults released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed one steelhead released for 10 bank anglers; and no catch for two shad anglers.

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

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two shad kept, plus 20 shad released for three boats (eight anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 67 sublegals, 34 legals and 213 oversize sturgeon released for 10 boats (42 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed one sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed two sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for two bank anglers; and 11 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal, two legal and six oversize sturgeon released for five boats (18 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  Weekly checking showed six walleye kept for one boat (four anglers).

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed 13 walleye kept for eight boats (20 anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 19 walleye released for one boat (three anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 327 walleye kept, plus 176 walleye released for 54 boats (138 anglers).

SW WA, Lower Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (7-31-17)

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

FACTOID

A few summer run chum have been found in the Cowlitz and Kalama rivers.

CHUM SALMON ARE NATIVE TO THE LOWER COLUMBIA, AND WHILE FEW RETURN ANNUALLY THESE DAYS, THOSE THAT DO MOSTLY HEAD FOR A CREEK NEAR BONNEVILLE OR THE GRAYS RIVER NEAR THE MOUTH. (JOE HYMER)

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Above the I-5 Br:  61 bank rods kept 7 adult spring Chinook and 2 steelhead and released 1 adult and 1 jack spring Chinook.  52 boats/157 rods kept 48 steelhead and released 1 jack spring Chinook and 10 cutthroats

Below the I-5 Br:  1 boat/2 rods and 1 bank angler had no catch.

Mainstem Lewis River – 2 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead.

Drano Lake – 22 boat anglers kept 2 adult Chinook and 6 steelhead and released 13 steelhead and 1 adult Chinook.  ~12 boats here on weekdays and ~25 boats here last Saturday morning.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,042 salmonid anglers (165 boats) with 23 adult and 2 jack summer Chinook, 85 steelhead, and no sockeye.  8 (35%) of the adult summer Chinook and 45 (53%) of the steelhead were kept.

Any Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) may be retained beginning tomorrow (August 1).  All steelhead must be released during the month of August.

Hanford Reach Summer Chinook/Sockeye Fishery- From Paul A. Hoffarth District 4 Fish Biologist WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife in Pasco WA –

Effort has been slow but did pick up slightly this past week.  There were an estimated 37 boats fishing for summer chinook salmon in the Columbia River between Highway 395 and Priest Rapids Dam during the week.  WDFW staff interviewed 9 anglers from 7 boats with 1 hatchery jack chinook harvested and 4 wild adult chinook caught and released.

For the season there have been 2,366 angler trips for summer chinook/sockeye with 115 adult hatchery chinook, 42 chinook jacks, and 885 sockeye harvested. Area fisheries will continue to be open to fishing for hatchery summer chinook through August 15. On August 16, the fall fishery will open.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 39 sturgeon anglers (including 12 boats) with 30 legals released.

Hanford Reach – 6 boats, 16 anglers, 76 hours, 4 caught, 1 harvested, 1 legal + 2 shakers released (19 hours/fish)

Bass and Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 9 walleye anglers (6 boats) in the Camas/Washougal area with 3 fish released.

Hanford Reach – Smallmouth bass: 6 boats, 10 anglers, 30 hours, 31 caught, 4 harvested (1 hour/fish)

Walleye: 11 boats, 18 anglers, 61 hours, 34 caught, 19 harvested (1.8 hours/fish)

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (7-26-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (7/22) flight, 211 salmonid boats and 42 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and one steelhead kept, plus one Chinook and three steelhead released for 73 salmonid anglers.

WALLEYE FISHING REMAINS SUPERB IN THE COLUMBIA’S EAST GORGE WATERS, WITH BEST ACTION IN THE JOHN DAY POOL, BUT SOME BITING BELOW THERE TOO, LIKE THIS NICE ONE FOR ROLAND SWOPES, HIS FIRST EVER. HE WAS BOTTOM BOUNCING WITH A ‘CRAWLER WHILE FISHING WITH FRIEND LES LOGSDON. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Boats:  Weekly checking showed ten adult Chinook and three Chinook jacks kept, plus six adult Chinook and four steelhead released for ten salmonid boats (44 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed six adult Chinook and five steelhead kept, plus eight adult Chinook, one Chinook jack and 11 steelhead released for 69 salmonid boats (122 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank:  Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and two steelhead kept for 37 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats:  Weekly checking showed six adult Chinook, one Chinook jack and four steelhead kept, plus four adult Chinook, one Chinook jack and six steelhead released for 47 boats (106 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines):  Weekly checking showed no catch for two salmonid anglers.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines):  Weekly checking showed no catch for six salmonid boats (19 anglers).

Bonneville Pool:  Weekly checking showed two steelhead kept and five steelhead released for three boats (four anglers)

The Dalles Pool:  No report.

John Day Pool:  Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (three anglers).

STURGEON

Gorge boats: Catch and release only. No report.

Portland to Wauna Power lines:  Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed one legal and 12 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Boats (Buoy 10 to Wauna Power lines):  Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed 33 legal, four sublegal and 28 oversize sturgeon released for eight boats (31 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Catch and release only.  No report

The Dalles Pool: Catch and release only. No report.

John Day Pool: Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed three legal, 14 sublegal and nine oversize sturgeon released for four boats (10 anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale boats:  Weekly checking showed 28 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for 17 boats (40 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed three walleye kept and five released for seven bank anglers; and 76 walleye kept, plus 20 walleye released for 10 boats (25 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 1,022 walleye kept and 453 released for 110 boats (225 anglers).

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

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (7-19-17)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM JIMMY WATTS, ODFW, AND WAS TRANSMITTED BY JOE HYMER, PSMFC

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (7/15) flight, 162 salmonid boats and 49 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Astoria-Megler Bridge to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook kept, and two adult Chinook and four summer steelhead released for 61 salmon anglers; and 153 shad kept for 29 shad anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed seven adult Chinook and one Chinook jack kept, plus six adult Chinook, one Chinook jack and eight steelhead released for 18 salmon boats (61 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed two adult Chinook kept and three adult Chinook released for 57 salmon boats (99 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed one adult Chinook and three summer steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 96 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekly checking showed four adult Chinook, one sockeye and nine summer steelhead kept, plus two adult Chinook and six steelhead released for 69 boats (150 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines): Weekly checking showed no catch for one angler.

Estuary Boats (Astoria-Megler Bridge to Wauna Power lines): Weekly checking showed no catch for two salmon boats (four anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool: No report.

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

STURGEON

Gorge boats: Catch and release only. No report.

Troutdale boats: Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed two sublegal and eight legal white sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

Portland to Wauna Power lines boats: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed 11 sublegal and 10 legal white sturgeon released for two boats (four anglers).

Portland to Wauna Power lines bank: Catch and release only.  Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon released for one bank angler.

Estuary Boats (Buoy 10 to Wauna Power lines): Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed one green sturgeon, and 39 sublegal, 50 legal and 73 oversize white sturgeon released for eight boats (27 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

The Dalles Pool: Catch and release only. No report.

John Day Pool: Catch and release only. Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

WALLEYE

Troutdale boats: Weekly checking showed 18 walleye kept and eight walleye released for nine boats (18 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed four walleye kept for two boats (six anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 167 walleye kept and 47 walleye released for 29 boats (57 anglers).

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (7-17-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Below the I-5 Bridge:  29 bank and 1 boat/3 rods had no catch.  From the I-5 Bridge upstream:  184 bank rods kept 23 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook and 9 steelhead and released 2 adult and 2 jack spring Chinook, 3 steelhead, and 2 cutthroats.  67 boats/193 rods kept 65 steelhead and 1 cutthroat and released 1 steelhead and 17 cutthroat.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 978 salmonid anglers (149 boats) with 42 adult and 6 jack summer Chinook, 67 steelhead, and no sockeye.  24 (57%) of the adult summer Chinook  and 42 (63%) of the steelhead were kept.

SCOTT FLETCHER SHOWS OFF A SUMMER CHINOOK CAUGHT IN THE UPPER COLUMBIA LAST WEEK. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Anglers averaged a steelhead caught per every 14.6 rods.  In comparison, anglers averaged a fish per every 6.1 and 7.6 rods during the same time in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Tri-cities Area Summer Chinook & Sockeye Fishery

With the closure of the Upper Columbia River for the retention of sockeye, angler effort has been low.  This past week, July 10-16, there were an estimated 62 boats fishing for summer chinook salmon in the Columbia River between Highway 395 and Priest Rapids Dam.

WDFW staff interviewed 19 anglers from 8 boats with a reported harvest of 1 adult hatchery chinook and 1 wild chinook and 1 sockeye were caught and released.  For the week an estimated 8 adult summer chinook were harvested.  For the season there have been 2,291 angler trips for sockeye/summer chinook with 115 adult hatchery chinook, 23 chinook jacks, and 885 sockeye harvested. Area fisheries will continue to be open to fishing for hatchery summer chinook through August 15.

Paul A. Hoffarth
District 4 Fish Biologist
WA Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 16 sturgeon anglers (including 4 boats) with 9 legals released.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 20 shad bank anglers with 27 fish kept.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – 3 walleye anglers (1 boat) had no catch.

Trout

Recent plants of rainbows, including some over 5 pounds each.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

LK MERWIN (COWL)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LK+MERWIN+%28COWL%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Cowlitz County – Region 5
Jul 10, 2017
Rainbow
1,447
0.18
MERWIN HATCHERY

LK MERWIN (COWL)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LK+MERWIN+%28COWL%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Cowlitz County – Region 5
Jul 10, 2017
Rainbow
1,234
0.8
MERWIN HATCHERY

COUNCIL LK (SKAM)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=COUNCIL+LK+%28SKAM%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Skamania County – Region 5
Jul 11, 2017
Rainbow
3,337
2.5
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

MINERAL LK (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=MINERAL+LK+%28LEWI%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Lewis County – Region 5
Jul 11, 2017
Rainbow
2,600
2
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY

MAYFIELD RES (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=MAYFIELD+RES+%28LEWI%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Lewis County – Region 5
Jul 12, 2017
Rainbow
180
1.89
EELLS SPRINGS

MAYFIELD RES (LEWI)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=MAYFIELD+RES+%28LEWI%29&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Lewis County – Region 5
Jul 12, 2017
Rainbow
3,886
2.04
EELLS SPRINGS