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SW WA Fishing Report (11-12-19)

THE FOLLOWING WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

November 12, 2019

Tributary Fishery Reports

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Grays River – 4 bank anglers had no catch

Elochoman River – 2 bank anglers had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 84 bank rods kept five coho and one coho jack. 42 boats/110 rods kept 28 coho, 3 coho jacks and released 4 Chinook and 42 coho.

Above the I-5 Br – 44 bank rods kept three coho and released 37 Chinook. 5 boats/15 rods kept five coho, 3 coho jacks and released one Chinook and four coho.

Kalama River – 10 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 32 bank anglers kept one coho. 16 boats/43 rods kept four Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks, 10 coho, one coho jack and released five Chinook and three coho.

TRAVIS GOTTSCH SHOWS OFF A NICE LEWIS RIVER FALL CHINOOK CAUGHT A FEW MID-OCTOBERS BACK AND FORWARDED BY HIS PROUD UNCLE PATRICK. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 39 bank anglers kept 15 Chinook, 13 coho, 2 coho jacks and released 15 Chinook and 11 coho.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

Hanford Reach, SW WA Fishing Report (11-1-19)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS WERE FORWARDED BY PAUL HOFFARTH AND BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Hanford Reach Fall Salmon Fishery

The Hanford Reach fall salmon fishery closed on October 31. For the season there were an estimated 30,678 angler trips with 11,820 adult chinook, 1,321 chinook jacks, and 53 coho harvested.

JASON VOORHEES ENJOYED A PRETTY GOOD FINAL DAY OF THE LOWER HANFORD REACH FALL SALMON SEASON YESTERDAY BEFORE GOING BACK TO THE TRI-CITIES AND SCARING THE SH*T OUT OF KIDS LATER THAT EVENING. OK, THAT’S ACTUALLY TROY BRODERS BEHIND THE MASK, BUT WE CAN REPORT THAT THE FISH WAS HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THE IMAGE — NOT TO MENTION DINNER. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Lots of jacks returning this year which means we should have a good return of three year olds next year in the 6-10 pound range. WDFW will have a complete forecast for 2020 available in February.

Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Oct 21-27, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:
Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman – 3 bank anglers released one steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 9 bank rods kept one coho. 7 boats/19 rods kept 12 coho and released three Chinook, 2 coho and 1 coho jack.

Above the I-5 Br – 40 bank rods kept two steelhead and released 14 Chinook. 6 boats/17 rods kept four coho and released two Chinook, 6 coho and 1 coho jack.

Kalama River – 7 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 17 bank anglers kept one coho. 9 boats/23 rods kept 11 Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks, 3 coho and released seven Chinook, 1 coho and 1 coho jack.

Wind River – 1 boat/2 rods released one Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 42 bank anglers kept 30 Chinook, 1 Chinook jack, 25 coho and 3 coho jacks.

Sturgeon:

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 2 boats/7 rods released three sublegal sturgeon.

Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

Lower Col mainstem sport Oct 21-27, 2019
Salmon

Bonneville bank: 37 anglers with 15 coho kept and 4 coho and 9 Chinook released
Camas/Washougal boat: 16 anglers with 3 coho kept and 1 coho and 29 Chinook released
Vancouver boat: 9 anglers with 2 coho kept and 2 Chinook released
Woodland boat: 1 angler with 1 coho and 1 Chinook released
Kalama boat: 3 anglers with 3 coho kept and 1 coho and 2 Chinook released
Longview boat: 7 anglers with 3 coho kept
Sturgeon
Bonneville bank: 9 anglers with nothing
Camas/Washougal boat: 4 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 30 anglers with 1 legal kept and 2 sublegals and 3 oversize released
Woodland bank: 1 angler with nothing
Woodland boat: 13 anglers with nothing
Kalama bank: 4 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 33 anglers with 1 legal kept and 8 sublegals released
Longview bank: 12 anglers with nothing
Longview boat: 28 anglers with nothing

Hanford Reach, SW WA Fishing Report (10-23-19)

THE FOLLOWING FISHING REPORTS WERE FORWARDED BY PAUL HOFFARTH AND BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Oct 14-20)

The Hanford Reach from the old Hanford townsite power line crossing upstream to Priest Rapids Dam closed October 16.  The area from the Highway 395 bridge at Pasco/Kennewick upstream to the old Hanford townsite will remain open. This area is expected to remain open through the scheduled closure on October 31 with a one adult daily limit.

FALL CHINOOK SEASON IS WINDING DOWN IN THE HANFORD REACH, WITH THE UPPER END NOW CLOSED AND THE BOTTOM STRETCH OPEN THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Angler effort continues to decline as the quality of the fish drops off and hunting seasons open. An estimated 1,806 anglers fished for fall chinook in the Hanford Reach this past week. Fishing was excellent with boats averaging 1.5 fish per boat, 8 hours per fish. From October 14 through October 20, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 356 boats (844 anglers) and 103 bank anglers with 455 adult chinook and 61 jacks. An estimated 957 adult chinook and 153 chinook jacks were harvested for the week (expanded). For the season there have been 28,818 angler trips with 11,134 adult chinook and 1,208 chinook jacks, and 53 coho harvested.

Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Oct 14-20, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman – 8 bank anglers released 2 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 2 bank rods had no catch. 7 boats/22 rods kept 15 coho, 6 coho jacks and released 3 Chinook, 5 Chinook jacks and 20 coho.

Above the I-5 Br – 20 bank rods released 1 Chinook.

Kalama River – 8 bank anglers released 2 Chinook, 2 Chinook jacks and 1 coho jack.

Lewis River – 26 bank anglers kept 3 Chinook.  6 boats/19 rods kept 2 Chinook, 1 coho and released 2 coho.

Washougal River – 2 bank anglers had no catch

Washougal River (Slough) – 6 boats/9 rods kept 1 coho, 1 coho jack and released 1 coho.

Wind River – 2 boats/3 rods kept 2 Chinook and released 5 Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 57 bank anglers kept 13 Chinook, 3 Chinook jacks, 23 coho, 5 coho jacks and released 1 Chinook and 1 Chinook jack.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 4 bank anglers kept 1 coho and released 1 Chinook.  1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

 

  •       Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

 

Coho, Sturgeon Reopening On Parts Of Lower Columbia

THE FOLLOWING IS AN OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE PRESS RELEASE

Fisheries managers from Oregon and Washington will reopen the Columbia River to recreational sturgeon and coho fishing.

In a joint state hearing of the fish and wildlife departments from both states late yesterday, fisheries managers decided to open the river for two additional days of recreational sturgeon fishing – Saturday, Oct. 19 and Thursday, Oct. 24 – from the Wauna power lines at River Mile 40 upstream to the fishing deadlines at Bonneville Dam, including the Cowlitz River.

PRIME WATERS ON THE COLUMBIA — IN THIS CASE THE MOUTH OF THE KLICKITAT — WILL REOPEN FOR COHO FISHING OCTOBER 18. HEATHER BAGGLERLY CAUGHT THIS ONE OFF THE WASHINGTON TRIBUTARY DURING 2013’S SEASON. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Approximately 720 fish were landed during the initial three days of the fishery, leaving a balance of about 510 fish on the 1,230 harvest guideline.  Effort and catch rates met expectations for the first retention day but have dropped off sharply since then.

The daily bag limit is one legal-sized white sturgeon and up to two fish may be retained for the year. Anglers are reminded that the annual limit applies to any/all 2019 retention fisheries, including those that occurred earlier this year upstream or downstream of Bonneville Dam.  A legal-sized sturgeon is defined as one measuring 44-50 inches fork length.

Anglers are cautioned to pay close attention to the instructions for measuring sturgeon. Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail fin with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface and the ruler positioned flat under the fish. (See page 12 of the 2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.)

The states also decided to reopen the mainstem Columbia to retention of coho salmon beginning Friday, Oct. 18, and continuing through Oct. 31, from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to The Dalles Dam. The daily adult bag limit is two coho. Only hatchery coho may be retained downstream of the Hood River Bridge. All steelhead and all salmon except coho must be released. All other permanent regulations remain in effect, including retention rules for coho jacks.  For the area from the Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam, anglers are reminded that the states previously agreed to allow retention of hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead effective Nov. 1 with a two adult daily bag limit (no more than one steelhead).

For more information and regulation updates, please see ODFW’s Columbia River Zone online.

SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (10-16-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Washington Columbia River and Tributary Fishing Report Oct 7-13, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 31 bank rods kept 2 coho and released 4 coho adults. 19 boats/61 rods kept 16 coho, 3 coho jacks and released 20 Chinook, 4 Chinook jacks, 28 coho and 1 coho jack.

IN THIS IMAGE DREDGED OUT OF THE EVEN WAAAAAY BACKER FILE, FALL SALMON ANGLERS FISH THE COWLITZ ABOVE AND BELOW THE MOUTH OF THE TOUTLE FOR COHO. (CHRIS SPENCER)

Above the I-5 Br – 32 bank rods kept 4 coho and released 43 Chinook and 1 coho.

Kalama River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.

Lewis River – 48 bank anglers kept 3 Chinook, 1 Chinook jack and 1 coho. 13 boats/38 rods kept 17 Chinook, 4 Chinook jacks and released 3 Chinook and 1 coho.

Washougal River (Slough) – 11 boats/20 rods kept 16 coho and released 1 coho.

Sturgeon:

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 7 bank rods had no catch. 5 boats/13 rods released 2 sublegal and 5 oversize sturgeon.

v Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport Oct 7-13, 2019

Sturgeon:

Bonneville bank: 16 anglers with nothing
Bonneville boat: 3 anglers with nothing
Camas/Washougal bank: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: 47 anglers with 4 legals kept and 6 sublegals and 1 oversize released
I-5 area bank: 3 anglers with nothing
I-5 area boat: 23 anglers with nothing
Vancouver bank: No report
Vancouver boat: 37 anglers with 1 sublegal released
Woodland bank: No report
Woodland boat: 94 anglers with 2 legals kept and 3 sublegals released
Kalama bank: 15 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 92 anglers with 2 legals kept and 10 sublegals and 3 oversize released
Cowlitz bank: No report
Cowlitz boat: No report
Longview bank: 9 anglers with nothing
Longview boat: 100 anglers with 1 legal kept and 4 sublegals released
Cathalmet bank: No report
Cathlamet boat:  No report

Walleye:

Bonneville bank: 9 anglers with nothing
Bonneville boat: 2 anglers with nothing

SW WA, Lower Columbia, Hanford Fishing Report (10-1-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Sept 23-29)

Over 5,800 anglers fished for fall chinook in the Hanford Reach this past week. Fishing, both in terms of numbers of anglers and harvest continues to increase. Boats averaged over a fish per boat, 12 hours per fish.

BOB AND BRIAN SUYAMA HOIST A PAIR OF UPRIVER BRIGHTS CAUGHT IN THE HANFORD REACH OF THE COLUMBIA RIVER YESTERDAY. THEY WERE FISHING WITH JERRY HAN AND RUNNING PRO-TROLLS AND SUPER BAITS STUFFED WITH STARKIST TUNA. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

From September 23 through September 29, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 747 boats (2,034 anglers) and 102 bank anglers with 915 adult chinook, 85 jacks and 4 coho. An estimated 2,536 adult chinook, 231 chinook jacks and 11 coho were harvested for the week (expanded). For the season there have been 15,620 angler trips with 4,570 adult chinook, 495 chinook jacks, and 19 coho harvested. Harvest is tracking similar to last year at this time. (2018 =4,571 adult chinook).

Adult counts of fall chinook over Bonneville are running 45% above last year’s numbers and McNary counts  are running 21% above last year at this time.

In addition to the US v Oregon Agreement, the Hanford Reach URB population is managed under the Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Management Plan. The population is managed to meet the Hanford Reach URB escapement goal of 31,100 – 42,000 adults (naturally spawning population). Harvest allocated to the fishery is based on in-season return estimates. An in-season estimate is generated weekly beginning September 15 for the Hanford Reach wild component of the return. The estimate is generated based on current passage through the fish ladders at McNary, Ice Harbor, and Priest Rapids Dams and projected migration timing. Based on numbers through September 30, an estimated 44,794 adult, wild (natural origin) fall chinook are expected to return to the Hanford Reach. At 44,794, 9,700 adult chinook are allocated to the Hanford Reach sport fishery. This allocation plus the current one adult daily limit should be sufficient to continue the fishery for the next couple of weeks and potentially through the end of the scheduled season. The next in-season update will be posted October 8.

 

Fishing Report Sept 23 -29, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 56 bank rods released 1 Chinook and 1 coho jack. 65 boats/159 rods kept 41 coho, 9 coho jacks and released 49 Chinook, 4 Chinook jacks, 39 coho, 13 coho jacks and 1 steelhead.

Above the I-5 Br – 36 bank rods kept 5 coho and released 14 Chinook and 2 Chinook jacks. 4 boats/14 rods kept 1 coho, 6 steelhead and released 5 Chinook, 2 coho and 10 coho jacks.

Kalama River – 6 bank anglers had no catch. 1 boat/1 rod had no catch.

Lewis River – 75 bank anglers released 2 Chinook, 1 Chinook jack and 1 coho. 5 boats/11 rods kept 3 coho and 1 coho jack.

Washougal River– 10 bank anglers had no catch. 4 boats/9 rods released 3 Chinook.

Wind River – 12 boats/16 rods kept 1 Chinook, 9 coho and released 1 Chinook, 10 coho and 3 steelhead. Drano Lake – 4 bank anglers had no catch. 15 boats/42 rods kept 28 Chinook, 5 Chinook jacks and released 6 Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 75 bank anglers kept 38 Chinook, 1 Chinook jack, 1 coho and released 1 Chinook. 1 boat/2 rods kept 1 Chinook.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 14 bank anglers kept 2 Chinook and released 1 Chinook.

Sturgeon:

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 26 bank rods had no catch. 22 boats/65 rods kept 5 legal sturgeon and released 12 sublegal and 3 oversize sturgeon.

Pikeminnow Sport – Reward Fishery Program:

The program operates from May 1 to September 30 in the lower Columbia River (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and the Snake River (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam). http://www.pikeminnow.org/

Lower Columbia mainstem sport Sept. 23-29

Coho

Bonneville bank: 4 anglers with nothing
Camas/Washougal boat: 16 anglers with 3 coho and 3 adult Chinook released
Vancouver boat: 7 anglers with 5 adult Chinook and 1 coho released
Woodland boat: 2 anglers with nothing
Kalama bank: 6 anglers with 3 adult Chinook released
Kalama boat: 17 anglers with 3 coho kept and 2 adult Chinook released
Cowlitz boat: 6 anglers with 4 coho kept and 2 adult Chinook and 1 steelhead released
Longview bank: 1 angler with nothing
Longview boat: 4 anglers with 2 coho released

Sturgeon:

Bonneville bank: 45 anglers with nothing
Bonneville boat: 4 anglers, also with nothing
Camas/Washougal bank: No report
Camas/Washougal boat: 41 anglers with 4 legals kept and 10 sublegals released
I-5 area bank: No report
I-5 area boat: No report
Vancouver bank: 7 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 118 anglers with 1 legal kept and 22 sublegals and 6 oversize released
Woodland bank: 22 anglers with nothing
Woodland boat: 140 anglers with 5 legals kept and 21 sublegals and 1 oversize released
Kalama bank: 19 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 140 anglers with 3 legals kept and 24 sublegals and 8 oversize released
Cowlitz bank: No report
Cowlitz boat: No report
Longview bank: 25 anglers with 1 legal kept
Longview boat: 230 anglers with 7 legals kept and 27 sublegals and 5 oversize released
Cathalmet bank: No report
Cathlamet boat: No report

SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (9-25-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN, WDFW

Sport Fishing Report Sept. 16-22

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries 

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 27 bank rods kept 1 coho and 1 coho jack. 32 boats/72 rods kept 11 coho, 3 coho jacks and released 62 Chinook, 53 Chinook jacks, 15 coho and 8 coho jacks.

Above the I-5 Br – 8 bank rods released 3 Chinook and 2 Chinook jacks.

KERI WILLARD AND BEAU MEUCHEL HOLD UP FALL CHINOOK CAUGHT ON THE LOWER COLUMBIA IN THE ST. HELENS AREA OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Lewis River – 36 bank anglers kept 7 coho and released 3 Chinook and 2 coho.  6 boats/18 rods released 1 coho jack.

Wind River – 2 boats/6 rods kept 5 Chinook, 1 coho and released 2 Chinook and 3 coho.

Drano Lake – 17 bank anglers kept 1 coho and released 1 coho jack and 1 steelhead.  20 boats/45 rods kept 18 Chinook, 1 Chinook jack and released 1 Chinook.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 32 bank anglers kept 5 Chinook and 2 Chinook jacks.

Klickitat above #5 Fishway – 3 bank anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon:

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 29 bank rods released 3 sublegal sturgeon.  11 boats/37 rods kept 7 legal sturgeon and released 33 sublegal sturgeon.

Bonneville bank: 97 anglers with 4 sublegals released
Bonneville boat: 52 angles with 12 sublegals released
Camas/Washougal boat: 82 anglers with 9 legals kept and 63 sublegals and 9 legals released
Vancouver bank: 12 anglers with nothing
Vancouver boat: 162 anglers with 22 legals kept and 46 sublegals and 39 oversize released
Woodland bank: 36 anglers with 1 legal kept and 1 sublegal released
Woodland boat: 59 anglers with 4 legals kept and 11 sublegals and 4 oversize released
Kalama bank: 40 anglers with nothing
Kalama boat: 161 anglers with 22 legals kept and 38 sublegals and 7 oversize released
Longview bank: 38 anglers with 1 legal kept
Longview boat: 255 angles with 16 legals kept and 18 sublegals and 4 oversize released

Pikeminnow Sport – Reward Fishery Program:

The program operates from May 1 to September 30 in the lower Columbia River (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and the Snake River (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam).  http://www.pikeminnow.org/

SW WA, Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (9-9-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW

Fishing Report Sept. 2-8, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River – 1 bank angler released 1 steelhead.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 5 bank rods had no catch. 8 boats/19 rods kept 3 coho, 1 coho jack and released 1 coho, 1 coho jack, 7 Chinook and 2 Chinook jacks.

Above the I-5 Br – 13 bank rods had no catch. 3 boats/6 rods kept 1 steelhead and released 1 steelhead and 1 Chinook.

JERRY HAN SHOWS OFF A NICE EASTERN COLUMBIA GORGE FALL CHINOOK CAUGHT EARLIER TODAY. HE WAS FISHING WITH TYLER MILLER OF MILLER TIME FISHING. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Lewis River – 35 bank anglers kept 1 Chinook jack, 2 coho, 5 coho jacks and released 1 Chinook. 5 boats/6 rods kept 1 coho.

Wind River – 1 bank angler had no catch. 6 boats/9 rods released 11 Chinook.

Drano Lake – 6 bank anglers released 5 steelhead. 15 boats/33 rods kept 19 Chinook, 2 coho and released 16 steelhead.

Tributaries not listed: Creel checks not conducted.

Pikeminnow Sport – Reward Fishery Program:

The program operates from May 1 to September 30 in the lower Columbia River (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and the Snake River (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam). http://www.pikeminnow.org/

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Sept 2-8)

Adult counts of fall chinook over Bonneville are running ~9% above last year’s numbers but McNary counts are 1/3 lower than last year at this time. The first in-season update for the Hanford Reach will be included in next week’s update.

 

2 Keeper Sturgeon Openers Approved For Bonneville-Wauna, Cowlitz

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

Recreational fishermen will have two days in September to get out on the Columbia River to catch and retain white sturgeon under rules approved by the Oregon and Washington departments of fish and wildlife. The two-day recreational fishery will take place on consecutive Saturdays – Sept. 21 and Sept. 28.

COLUMBIA RIVER STURGEON ANGLERS WILL HAVE TWO OPPORTUNITIES THIS MONTH TO RETAIN KEEPERS IN THE BIG RIVER BETWEEN BONNEVILLE DAM AND THE WAUNA POWERLINES. CHAD ZOLLER CAUGHT THIS ONE A COUPLE SEASONS AGO. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Recreational fishermen will head to the water this year with an overall harvest guideline of 1,230 fish for the two days. The white sturgeon fishery is guideline-driven, meaning managers may close the season early if the harvest guideline is expected to be exceeded.

The effective area is the Columbia River from the Wauna power lines, which cross the Columbia River about 40 miles from the river mouth, upstream to the fishing deadlines at Bonneville Dam. The Cowlitz River will be open for retention of white sturgeon on the same two days under rules adopted by the State of Washington. The lower Willamette River remains closed to sturgeon retention at this time.

The bag limit is one legal-sized white sturgeon per day and up to two for the year; anglers are reminded that the annual limit applies to any/all 2019 retention fisheries. A legal-sized sturgeon is defined as one measuring 44-50 inches fork length. Anglers are cautioned to pay close attention to the instructions for measuring sturgeon. Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the tail fin with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface and the ruler positioned flat under the fish. (See page 12 of the 2019 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.)

For more information and regulation updates, please see ODFW’s Columbia River Zone online.

SW WA, Columbia, Hanford Reach Fishing Report (9-4-19)

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION WAS FORWARDED BY BRYANT SPELLMAN AND PAUL HOFFARTH, WDFW

Fishing Report Aug. 26-Sept. 1, 2019

Salmon/Steelhead:

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Mouth of the Cowlitz River to Bonneville Dam – 606 salmonid boats and 124 Washington bank rods were tallied during the flight on Tuesday.

AMANDA WILES CAUGHT THIS FALL CHINOOK AT BUOY 10 BEFORE RETENTION CLOSED IN MID-AUGUST. SHE WAS FISHING IN THE LIPSTICK SALMON SLAYERS TOURNAMENT. (YO-ZURI PHOTO CONTEST)

Columbia River Tributaries

Elochoman River – 4 bank rods had no catch.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Br downstream – 16 bank rods had no catch. 5 boats/13 rods kept 1 coho, released 2 Chinook jacks and 2 steelhead.

Above the I-5 Br – 14 bank rods released 2 Chinook, 6 Chinook jacks and 1 steelhead. 8 boats/19 rods kept 21 steelhead.

Wind River – 1 bank angler had no catch. 1 boat/2 rods had no catch.

Drano Lake – 2 bank anglers had no catch. 8 boats/16 rods kept 5 Chinook, released 3 Chinook and 17 steelhead.

Klickitat below Fisher Hill Bridge – 1 bank angler had no catch.

Pikeminnow Sport – Reward Fishery Program:

The program operates from May 1 to September 30 in the lower Columbia River (mouth to Priest Rapids Dam) and the Snake River (mouth to Hells Canyon Dam). http://www.pikeminnow.org/

Lower Columbia Mainstem Sport Aug. 26-Sept. 1

Salmon and steelhead:

Bonneville bank: 42 anglers with 1 adult Chinook kept
Camas/Washougal bank:  No report
I-5 area bank:  2 anglers with nothing
Vancouver bank:  278 anglers with 44 adult Chinook kept and 1 released
Woodland bank: 4 anglers with nothing
Kalama bank:  164 anglers with 31 adult Chinook kept and 8 released
Longview bank:  13 anglers with nothing
Cathlamet bank:  1 angler with nothing
Private boats/bank:  No report

Bonneville boat:  55 anglers with 22 adult Chinook and 2 jacks kept
Camas/Washougal boat: 214 anglers with 55 adult Chinook and 3 jacks and 2 coho kept and 4 adult Chinook, 1 jack and 1 coho released
I-5 area boat:  24 anglers with 3 adult Chinook and 1 jack kept
Vancouver boat:  259 anglers with 69 adult Chinook and 3 jacks and 1 coho kept and 1 steelhead released
Woodland boat:  105 anglers with 11 adult Chinook kept and 1 released
Kalama boat:  46 anglers with 8 adult Chinook and 1 jack kept and 2 steelhead and 2 coho released
Cowlitz boat:  75 anglers with 7 adult Chinook and 1 jack kept
Longview boat:  34 anglers with 5 adult Chinook and 1 coho kept
Cathlamet boat:  No report
Private boats/bank:  No report

Sturgeon:

Vancouver boat: 3 anglers with 1 legal released
Longview boat: 2 anglers with nothing

Walleye:

Camas/Washougal boat: 4 anglers with 4 kept

Hanford Reach Fall Chinook Fishery Update (Aug. 26-Sept. 1)

Fishing for fall chinook continues to be slow this month with very light effort. From August 26 through September 1, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 67 boats (180 anglers) with 8 adult chinook and 3 jacks. An estimated 35 adult chinook and 13 chinook jacks were harvested. Boats averaged 64 hours per fish. For the season there have been 1,614 angler trips with 100 adult chinook, 53 chinook jacks, and 5 coho harvested.

Harvest began to pick up the first week of September in 2018 (see table below).