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Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (9-20-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (9/16) flight, 939 salmonid boats and 10 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Corbett; and 196 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 0.12 Chinook and 1.62 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.10 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.44 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.74 Chinook, 0.05 coho and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.  In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 1.67 Chinook, 0.02 coho and 0.02 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool caught 1.24 Chinook and 0.06 coho caught per boat.  In the John Day Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.17 Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.44 Chinook and 0.11 coho caught per angler.

FALL SALMON ARE MOVING UP THE COLUMBIA. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM DAUGHTER CASSIDY, 13 MONTHS OLD, AUSTIN BOWEN SHOWS OFF A FALL CHINOOK HE PICKED UP LAST WEEKEND FISHING A PRAWN SPINNER BEHIND A FISH FLASH. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 32 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for 29 boats (81 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 74 Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus two Chinook adults and one pink released for 172 boats (383 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one coho adult kept, plus four Chinook adults released for nine bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 154 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, five coho adults and two steelhead kept, plus six Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and five coho adults released for 215 boats (489 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed four coho adults kept, plus one coho adult released for one boat (two anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 161 coho adults kept, plus 20 Chinook and 101 coho released for 162 boats (486 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 158 Chinook adults, 14 Chinook jacks, two coho adults and two steelhead kept, plus six Chinook adults released for 98 boats (234 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 21 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept for 17 boats (47 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and five Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 29 boats (54 anglers).

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed three sublegal, one legal and five oversize sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

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

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

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 24 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for three boats (nine anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler; and 53 walleye kept, plus 16 walleye released for 15 boats (28 anglers).

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (9-13-17)

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

Weekend Fishing Opportunities:

*         The fall salmon season is open from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam (see Sport Fishing Regulation Updates page for retention details).  An estimated 613,800 fall Chinook and 319,300 coho are expected to return to the Columbia River this fall.

*         White sturgeon retention is closed from Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington Border above McNary Dam, but remains an option for catch and release fishing.

ALEXCIS HIGGINBOTHAM IS ALL SMILES AFTER CATCHING HER FIRST STURGEON, A 50-INCHER HELD BY HER DAD, JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM OF YAKIMA BAIT. (JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

*         Walleye angling is good in the John Day pool.

Current Columbia River regulations for salmon, steelhead, shad and sturgeon can be found at the Sport Fishing Regulation Update<http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/reg_changes/index.asp> page.

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (9/9) flight, 991 salmonid boats and nine Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 221 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 5.24 coho and 0.45 Chinook caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 2.33 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.32 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.85 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.07 Chinook caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for three boats (nine anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 30 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept for 93 boats (215 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult and one Chinook jack released for 15 bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 89 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks and one coho adult kept, plus 57 Chinook adults, two Chinook jacks and one coho adult released for 172 boats (430 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed six coho kept for six boats (18 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 510 coho kept, plus 381 coho, 77 Chinook and one steelhead released for 170 boats (498 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 25 Chinook adults, six Chinook jacks and one steelhead kept, plus eight Chinook adults released for 57 boats (130 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 14 Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for 25 boats (53 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for seven boats (18 anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia River (below Bonneville Dam): Closed for retention. Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for two boats (five anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 30 sublegal and six legal white sturgeon released for three boats (eight anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed 13 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for eight boats (15 anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  No report.

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

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for five bank anglers; and 31 walleye kept, plus 35 walleye released for 19 boats (42 anglers).

Lower Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (9-12-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream:  19 boats/56 rods kept 12 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook, 2 steelhead and 2 coho and released 20 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook and 1 steelhead.  2 bank anglers had no catch.

CHRIS , KOLBY AND LUKE MOORE ALONG WITH HUNTER HIGGINBOTHAM ENJOYED A GOOD TIME WALLEYE FISHING ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER BY CROW BUTTE STATE PARK. HUNTER’S DAD JAROD REPORTS, “THE HAMMERTIME WALLEYE SPINNER IN SIZE 5 IN COMBINATION WITH THE SPIN-N-GLO BOTTOM WALKERS WAS THE TICKET FOR US. HOTTEST COLORS WERE COPPER AND PINK BLADES!” (JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

From the I-5 Bridge upstream:  10 bank anglers kept 2 adult and 2 jack fall Chinook.  No boats were sampled.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 111 spring Chinook adults, one spring Chinook mini-jack, 30 summer-run steelhead, 203 fall Chinook adults, ten fall Chinook jacks, 14 coho adults and 17 cutthroat trout during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 25 spring Chinook adults, and one cutthroat trout into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 77 spring Chinook adults  and two cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 121 fall Chinook adults, seven fall Chinook jacks, five coho adults, and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,220 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, September 11. Water visibility is 13 feet and water temperature is 54.9 degrees F. River flows could change at any time so boaters and anglers should remain alert for this possibility.

NEW! Check out these graphs; they show adult returns by species for each week and 10-year averages<https://www.mytpu.org/file_viewer.aspx?id=61254>.

Learn about changes to Riffe Lake levels<https://www.mytpu.org/tacomapower/about-tacoma-power/dams-power-sources/hydro-power/cowlitz-river-project/mossyrock-dam.htm> in 2017.

Please note: Tacoma Power will conduct an inspection of Barrier Dam Sept. 12-13. As a result, the flow pattern will be temporarily altered, causing an atypical fishing environment near the dam. The Barrier Dam Boat Launch will remain open during the inspection.

Drano Lake – 45 boat anglers kept 16 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook, 1 adult and 1 jack coho, and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 steelhead.  There were 39 boats here last Saturday morning.

Buoy 10 – Hatchery coho are being caught at Buoy 10.  The closure just outside Young’s Bay is lifted beginning Sept. 16.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – During the first three days of the Chinook mark selective fishery below the Lewis we sampled 543 salmonid anglers (including 163 boats) with 271 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook,  3 steelhead, and 1 adult coho.  90 (33%) of the adult Chinook were kept.

From the Warrior Rock Line downstream to the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line – Beginning Sept. 15, closed to Chinook retention until October 1. Remains open for hatchery coho and hatchery steelhead.

Lewis River upstream to Bonneville Dam (non-mark selective Chinook fishery) – We sampled 512 salmonid anglers (including 139 boats) with 113 adult and 5 jack fall Chinook,  1 adult coho, and no steelhead.  106 (94%) of the adult Chinook were kept though all could have been retained.

Bonneville Pool – 18 boat anglers kept 12 adult fall Chinook and released one.  There were 37 boats outside Drano Lake, 4 off the White Salmon River, and 9 off the Klickitat River last Saturday morning.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Camas/Washougal area are catching some walleye.

Trout

Recent plants of catchable size rainbows.  No report on angling success.

Lake/Pond
Date
Species
Number
Fish per Pound
Hatchery
Notes

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
Sep 05, 2017
Rainbow
3,543
2.5
MOSSYROCK HATCHERY
Sept 30 is the last day to fish here.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (9-6-17)

THE FOLLOWING IS THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE’S WEEKLY RECREATION REPORT

SALMON, STEELHEAD AND SHAD

Five hundred thirteen Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10 this past Saturday. Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 1.73 Chinook and 1.71 coho caught per boat. In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.00 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.11 Chinook caught per boat. In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.44 Chinook and 0.01 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary above Tongue Point averaged 1.42 Chinook and 0.56 coho caught per boat. Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.07 Chinook caught per angler.

SALMON FISHING BEGINS IN EARNEST IN THE COLUMBIA ABOVE BUOY 10 AND ITS COLUMBIA GORGE TRIBS AS THE RUN PROCEEDS UPRIVER. WILLIAM HULL, 6, HAD QUITE A TUSSLE WITH THIS CHINOOK OUTSIDE DRANO LAKE WHILE FISHING WITH HIS DAD, CLAY, AND CLAY’S FRIEND JOE McCARL OUT OF JOE’S BOAT.  (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult kept for 14 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept for seven boats (24 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed four Chinook adults kept for 37 boats (72 anglers).

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

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 97 Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, and two coho adults kept, plus three Chinook adults and one Chinook jack released for 225 boats (556 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Above Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed 74 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and 16 coho adults kept, plus one Chinook jack and 13 coho released for 52 boats (168 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 522 Chinook adults and 390 coho kept, plus 65 Chinook adults and 191 coho released for 339 boats (1,149 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 45 Chinook adults and four Chinook jacks kept, plus 12 Chinook adults released for 81 boats (185 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 38 Chinook adults, five Chinook jacks and one steelhead kept, plus one steelhead released for 64 boats (168 anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and no catch for two boats (four anglers).

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 13 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (two anglers).

John Day Pool: Closed for retention. Weekly checking showed 20 sublegal, 13 legal and 14 oversize sturgeon released for seven boats (15 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge: No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed one walleye kept for two boats (four anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 29 walleye kept, and seven walleye released for nine boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 27 walleye kept, plus 39 walleye released for 17 boats (33 anglers).

 

Buoy 10, Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (8-28-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (8/26) flight, 853 salmonid boats and 38 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam; and 756 Oregon boats were counted at Buoy 10.  Anglers at Buoy 10 averaged 2.17 Chinook and 0.73 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.58 Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.17 Chinook and 0.04 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Tongue Point area, boat anglers averaged 0.27 Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.03 Chinook caught per angler.

A NETTER REACHES FOR A SALMON HOOKED IN THE BUOY 10 FISHERY AT THE MOUTH OF THE COLUMBIA EARLIER THIS MONTH. (JIM AND JENN STAHL, NWFISHINGGUIDES.NET)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one Chinook adult kept for 31 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed seven Chinook adults kept for 12 boats (31 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed four Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept, plus one steelhead caught for 24 boats (60 anglers).

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

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekend checking showed 36 Chinook adults and two Chinook jacks kept, plus two Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and one steelhead released for 139 boats (353 anglers).

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Buoy 10): Weekend checking showed 921 Chinook adults and 249 coho kept, plus 123 Chinook, 103 coho and one steelhead released for 481 boats (1,639 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for four bank anglers; and two Chinook adults kept, plus three steelhead released for 19 boats (35 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed 44 Chinook adults and five Chinook jacks kept, plus three Chinook adults released for 39 boats (99 anglers).

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

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed two sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for two boats (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 13 sublegal, three legal and one oversize sturgeon released for two boats (eight anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekend checking showed three walleye kept for three boats (five anglers).

Portland to Tongue Point:  Weekend checking showed no catch for one boat (two anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 14 walleye kept, plus one walleye released for five boats (11 anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 38 walleye kept, plus 13 walleye released for 20 boats (43 anglers).

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.

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).

Angler Looks Back At First-in-a-long-time Roosevelt Sturgeon Fishery

Editor’s notes: The following blog was written and submitted to Northwest Sportsman by Rick Itami.

By Rick Itami

As most of my fishing buddies know, I am mostly a salmon and steelhead angler who has pursued the fish all over the Northwest, British Columbia and Alaska over a 50-plus-year period. But poor spring steelhead and Chinook salmon seasons in 2017 made me start looking for alternatives.

When I received a group e-mail from Toby Wyatt, owner/operator of Reel Time Fishing guide service (208-790-2128), reporting good fishing for sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt out of Kettle Falls, Washington, I had to give it some thought … for about two seconds. I scheduled a trip for the following Monday on July 17, 2017. with assigned guide, Shane Reynolds.  Two other clients joined me — Neal Thompson and his 13-year old grandson Ethan from Spokane.

WITH SPRING CHINOOK FISHING A BUST THIS YEAR, RICK ITAMI (LEFT) TOOK A GUIDED TRIP FOR LAKE ROOSEVELT STURGEON. HIS MAY HAVE BEEN THE SHORTEST AT 51 INCHES FORK LENGTH, BUT THE OPPORTUNITY PROVIDED A GREAT FISHERY CLOSE TO HIS SPOKANE HOME. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the opening of the first-ever catch-and-keep sturgeon season in Lake Roosevelt to run from May 27, 2017 through September 17, 2017 [but since closed after July 31]. The daily limit is one white sturgeon and the annual limit is two. A slot limit of 38 inches to 63 inches was also established for the fishery.

Thanks to successful hatchery programs in the State of Washington and British Columbia, the Lake Roosevelt comanagers, consisting of WDFW, the Spokane Tribe and the Colville Confederated Tribes, developed a harvest plan that allows nontribal anglers the opportunity to harvest up to 10,250 sturgeon over the next 10 years.  What a remarkable success story that has been quietly in the making since the early 2000s!

When we met Shane at the Kettle Falls launch at 6 a.m., our anticipation was high because he had been so successful on previous trips, sometimes limiting out by 8:30 a.m. But our day started off very slowly. Unlike most fishermen pursuing sturgeon in the area, Shane does not spend more than 15 minutes to half an hour at any location. For the first three hours, he moved at least six times to different way points in his GPS that he had had success at previously.  But we didn’t get a single bite at any of the locations.

Fishermen in other boats were having the same lack of success as us and most left the river by 10 a.m. But Shane had confidence that he could get us on fish sooner or later and told us not to lose heart. And sure enough, just before 11 a.m., he cruised over an area where he marked some fish and dropped anchor. Within a couple of minutes after all of the rods were set out, young Ethan’s rod tip bounced up and down and he quickly removed the rod from the holder and set the hook. The fish was obviously a nice one that gave the 13-year-old all he could handle. While Ethan was fighting his fish, I hooked and landed a small “shaker” that was below the slot limit and released. After a tough battle, Ethan finally landed his first-ever sturgeon, measuring 53 inches.

Then it was Neal’s turn. Within 15 minutes of Ethan landing his fish, Neal’s rod buried with a good fish that at first we thought might exceed the 63-inch slot limit. But once landed, it measured out at 59 inches — the biggest of the day. I weighed it for him on my digital scale and it registered just under 44 pounds.

All of us had landed a fish at that point, but I still needed to get a keeper into the boat. I didn’t have to wait long. My rod tip started bouncing and I set the hook into a fish I knew right away wasn’t another shaker. After a good fight, Shane lifted the fish over the gunnel. It measured out at 51 inches. All of us were happy with our catches, and Shane said that we averaged higher overall in size than many of his trips.

So what did we learn on this trip? First and most important is that a knowledgeable and experienced guide is worth every penny you pay him. Shane worked hard to find us some fish and his perseverance paid off. He has learned that sturgeon move around in pods in Lake Roosevelt and you just have to keep moving until you land in the middle of one of them. Once you find a group of fish, the action can be fast and furious, as was our experience towards the end of our trip.

Shane started off using squid on some rods and herring on the others. Once we found out that the fish were hitting the squid and not the herring, he baited all of the rods with squid. We fished depths ranging from 30 feet to 100 feet, but we caught all of the fish between 40 and 50 feet deep that day. This, of course, can vary from day to day. Again, Shane just kept changing locations and depths until he finds fish. And finally, Shane proved to us that we should never lose faith and give up as did other fishermen that day. He had confidence he could get us on fish and he kept changing locations within a huge area until we found success.

Finally, Shane said that if you see sturgeon leaping out of the water, you need to pull up and go quickly to that area, because that’s where biting fish will be. We found this to be true also.

After all of us limited out, we caught and released three more fish before calling it quits for the day. The weather was great with temperatures in the low 80s and winds were light to calm.

As I was finishing up writing this article, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced closure of the sturgeon fishery on July 31, 2017. Anglers were apparently too successful and so the co-managers decided on the early closure so that sports fishermen will have the opportunity to fish for sturgeon in Lake Roosevelt in future years.

So if you want to try this new fishery in coming years, I strongly urge you to go out with a good guide before you try it on your own. The area you fish is huge and quite daunting to a first-timer to that portion of the Lake Roosevelt. And don’t do like many do-it-yourselfers and sit in one spot all day. You have to be willing to move every 15 to 30 minutes if you aren’t getting bites.

Shane Reynolds also has his own guiding business separate from Reel Time Fishing and takes clients on salmon, steelhead, walleye and smallmouth bass trips as well as sturgeon trips.  He can be reached at (208) 880-2994.  I have gone out with dozens of guides in the past and Shane is one of the best.

We have to thank the WDFW, the Spokane Tribe and the Confederated Colville Tribes for making this fishery possible. It gives us salmonid fishermen a great alternative when poor ocean conditions, drought, or whatever results in weak runs of salmon and steelhead.

SMOKED STURGEON

By the way, I smoked my sturgeon fillets and they turned out to be outstanding in flavor and texture. Some members of a local gourmet club asked if I would sell some to them. Of course, I said “no”, but I was flattered that they asked.

Guide Rick Hedding from Clarkston, Washington, gave me the recipe several years ago.  The ingredients are few, the process is a bit long, but the result is the best smoked fish I have ever tasted. Here is the recipe:

– Slice fillets into preferred eating size chunks and place them into large aluminum lasagna pans.

– Mix a 26-ounce carton of iodized salt with 2 pounds of dark brown cane sugar, making sure the mixture is evenly blended without lumps.

–  Liberally spread the mixture over the fillets, making sure to cover every part of the meat.

– Place lasagna pans with fillets into the refrigerator for five hours. The salt/brown sugar mix will turn into a thick syrup that soaks nicely into the fillets.

– Put a clean bath towel over a flat surface and cover it with a layer of paper towels.

– Remove the fillets from the refrigerator after five hours, thoroughly rinse them individually with cold tap water and place them on the paper towels covering the bath towel.

–  Pat fillets dry with other paper towels.

–  Wash the lasagna pans using very hot soap and water and dry thoroughly.

–  Place the fillets back in the lasagna pans and place them back into the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.

–  Smoke the fillets at 200 degrees F for five to six hours using hickory chips.