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
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.
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
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
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