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Lower, Middle Columbia Fishing Report (11-6-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

The salmonid creel program on the lower Columbia has ended for the year and will resume February of 2018.

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 26 coho adults kept, plus one coho adult released for 20 boats (41 anglers).

CASEY NELSON SHOWS OFF A COLUMBIA RIVER COHO CAUGHT ON A MAG LIP. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

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 four Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and 12 coho adults kept for five boats (11 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.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 17 sublegal, three legal and one oversize sturgeon released for five boats (11 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for three boats (five anglers).

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 77 walleye kept, plus 83 walleye released for 14 boats (36 anglers).

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (10-31-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. Downstream:  4 bank rods released 2 cutts.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  22 bank rods kept 14 adult coho and released 7 adult Chinook and 1 jack and 6 adult coho.  No boats were sampled last week.

NICOLE GREENWOOD CAUGHT THIS COWLITZ RIVER HATCHERY COHO IN MID-OCTOBER ON A MAG LIP. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 4,418 coho adults, 512 coho jacks, 398 fall Chinook adults, 12 fall Chinook jacks, 97 cutthroat trout, and 120 summer-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 1,010 coho adults, 128 coho jacks, and one cutthroat trout and into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek and they released 814 coho adults and 90 coho jacks  at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 1,875 coho adults, 203 coho jacks, 37 fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and 16 cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, WA and they released 232 coho adults and 40 coho jacks into Lake Scanewa near Randle, WA.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,700 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, October 30. Water visibility is five feet and water temperature is 51.5 degrees F.

Kalama River – 8 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.

Mainstem Lewis River – 4 bank rods had no catch.

North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 3 adult coho and released 1 adult coho.  27 boat rods kept 7 adult Chinook and 18 adult coho and released 2 jack and 8 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.

Klickitat River – 9 bank anglers kept 4 adult coho.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 170 salmonid anglers (including 66 boats) with 7 adult coho and 1 jack and 2 adult Chinook.  All of the coho and the jack Chinook were kept; one of the adult Chinook was kept and the other released.

Hanford Reach – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Biologist in Pasco:  Based on the data we collected this fall, a preliminary estimate of 11,319 adult chinook, 868 jacks, and 19 coho were harvested in the Hanford Reach fall fishery.  There were an estimated 30,070 angler trips. Escapement will likely be in the 50-60,000 adults range this year.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem above the Wauna powerlines – Catch rates improved somewhat but effort dropped with 381 sturgeon boats and 243 bank anglers tallied on Saturday’s flight.  Over 1,000 boats and 500 bank anglers were counted during each of the previous 2 retention days. Still have 2/3 of the guideline (something like 834 fish) left.

Lower, Middle Columbia Fishing Report (10-30-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Salmonid angling is winding down, with the majority of the salmonids being caught at the mouths of tributaries.  Anglers fishing in the John Day Pool averaged 0.80 Chinook and 2.40 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 1.00 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.15 Chinook and 1.81 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge below the dam averaged 0.54 Chinook and 0.15 coho caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.04 Chinook and 0.07 coho caught per boat.

CHAD ZOLLER WAS AMONG THE ANGLERS WHO GOT OUT ON LAST WEEK’S TWO STURGEON KEEPER DAYS, THOUGH THIS DIAMONDSIDE HAD A LITTLE GROWING TO DO, SO IT WENT BACK INTO THE COLUMBIA. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and two coho adults kept, plus three Chinook adults released for 13 boats (37 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed two Chinook adults and three coho adults kept for 46 boats (84 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekly checking showed no catch for eight bank anglers.

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekly checking showed no catch for 14 boats (26 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed eight Chinook adults, three Chinook jacks, 172 coho adults and three coho jacks kept, plus six Chinook adults released for 95 boats (229 anglers).

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

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed one coho adult kept for five bank anglers; and four Chinook adults, four Chinook jacks and 12 coho adults kept for five boats (11 anglers).

STURGEON

 On Saturday’s (10/28) flight, there were 381 sturgeon boats and 121 Oregon bank anglers counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Wauna power lines.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 0.17 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.06 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  In the Portland to Wauna power lines area, boat anglers averaged 0.12 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.07 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed no catch for 69 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed five legal white sturgeon kept, plus one sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 30 boats (78 anglers).

Troutdale Bank: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus four sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 15 bank anglers.

Troutdale Boats: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking six legal white sturgeon kept, plus one legal, 75 sublegal and eight oversize sturgeon released for 103 boats (229 anglers).

Portland to Wauna power lines Bank: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus 10 sublegal and one oversize sturgeon released for 225 bank anglers.

Portland to Wauna power lines Boats: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 49 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 291 sublegal and 22 oversize sturgeon released for 396 boats (959 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed two legal and 20 sublegal sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 15 legal, 33 sublegal and five oversize sturgeon released for five boats (15 anglers).

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: Weekly checking showed no catch for two boats (five anglers).

Bonneville Pool:  No report.

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

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 30 walleye kept, plus 14 walleye released for 26 boats (54 anglers).

Night Fishing For Walleye On Mid-, Lower Columbia Reopened; 1 More Keeper Sturgeon Day Coming

Walleye and catfish anglers can again fish at night on much of the Columbia starting Saturday, while a large portion of the lower river will reopen for a third day of sturgeon retention this month.

Oregon and Washington fishery managers made those calls this afternoon during a teleconference.

WALLEYE ANGLERS HAD OBJECTED TO THE NIGHT FISHING CLOSURE ON THE COLUMBIA, DONE TO PROTECT LOW ESTEELHEAD RETURNS, AND NOW STATE MANAGERS ARE OPENING THE MAINSTEM BELOW HANFORD DURING THE HOURS OF DARKNESS FOR WALLEYE, CATFISH AND BASS FISHING. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

The mainstem up to Hanford has been closed to fishing after dark since mid-June as state managers tried to protect a weak steelhead return as it made stops at Drano Lake and other cool-water tribs that can be good night fisheries for the species.

But that wasn’t popular with walleye anglers in particular, and so with where the A- and B-runs are at now and the “extremely low likelihood of steelhead encounters in non-salmonid fisheries,” managers recommended easing the restrictions from the Reach down to Buoy 10.

Steelhead, salmon, trout, whitefish and sturgeon fishing, however, will remain closed at night in that stretch.

Speaking of sturgeon, after last Saturday’s low catch — just 184, or 35 percent of what had been expected — there was still enough keepers modeled to be available after today’s retention opener for another day of fishing.

That’s now set for Saturday, Oct. 28, under the same limits as before — one white sturgeon with a fork length of 44 to 50 inches — and in the same waters — Bonneville to Wauna powerlines.

It’s unclear how much yesterday’s relatively small sewage spill at Vancouver will have affected today’s turnout and catch. But as the health advisory was up for 48 hours, it ends as of midday Friday.

Advice For Columbia Sturgeon Chefs: Wash, Cook Catch Thoroughly

Yesterday morning’s 100,000-gallon raw sewage spill from a City of Vancouver treatment plant into the Columbia caught a lot of attention, especially coming on the eve of today’s sturgeon retention opener.

Through the day Wednesday, city officials backed off their initial no-contact directive for the river below the railroad bridge below I-5, and state fishery managers worked overtime to inform the fishing public about the situation.

Last night around 7:30, an email from the Columbia River Compact — basically, WDFW’s and ODFW’s local offices on or near the lower river — was sent out with this statement:

“‘We believe the risk of exposure to pathogens from the sewage spill to fishers is low, but as a precaution, if you catch fish downstream of the sewage release, wash it with fresh potable water and cook it thoroughly before eating.’ – Clark County Center for Community Health”

It also says say the health department “asks” people to avoid the water for 48 hours.

To put the size of the spill in comparison, it equaled about one-ninth of a single second’s flow of the Columbia as measured about 50 miles upstream at Bonneville.

As an ODFW fishery manager tweeted at us last night, 100,000 gallons equals around 13,400 cubic feet, and the river was flowing through the dam at 115,000 cubic feet per second yesterday.

The purpose wasn’t to downplay the incident but give it a relative size for comparison’s sake.

Between the dam and the site of the spill it picks up the Washougal and Sandy Rivers, as well as numerous creeks, and just below it half of the Willamette joins the Columbia.

Sturgeon retention is open today between Bonneville and the Wauna powerlines, around 40 miles above Buoy 10, limit one with a fork length of 44 to 50 inches.

Whether you decide to “match the hatch,” as one wag noted, is your own business, but many anglers already use nitrile gloves and yesterday’s spill may be the impetus for others to do so as well.

And be sure to wash the meat of your catch with tap water and make sure it’s fully cooked.

Anglers and others who’ve been on the Columbia and may be concerned about their health can call Clark County Public Health, (360) 397-8428.

Lower Columbia, Gorge Pools Fishing Report (10-25-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On the lower Columbia this past weekend (mainly Saturday), the majority of the angling effort was focused on sturgeon, therefore this week’s salmonid report is based on the entire weekly catch and effort instead of the weekend.  Anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 1.00 Chinook and 0.50 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the Bonneville Pool averaged 0.10 Chinook and 0.74 coho caught per boat.  In the gorge, boat anglers averaged 1.89 Chinook and 0.29 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.31 Chinook and 0.17 coho caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.35 Chinook and 0.17 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.50 Chinook caught per angler.

CARTER HOTCHKISS HAD A GREAT OUTING WITH GUIDE BOB TOMAN ON THE COLUMBIA, LANDING A HATCHERY STEELHEAD AND THIS COHO. THEY WERE TROLLING FAT WIGGLERS. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM, YAKIMA BAIT)

Gorge Bank: Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult kept for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekly checking showed 51 Chinook adults, seven Chinook jacks and five coho adults kept, plus two Chinook adults and three coho adults released for 28 boats (84 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed 15 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and three coho adults kept, plus two Chinook adults, six coho adults and one coho jack released for 54 boats (86 anglers).

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

Portland to Tongue Point Boats: Weekly checking showed seven Chinook adults, two coho adults and one coho jack kept, plus one Chinook adult and two coho adults released for 23 boats (40 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and two Chinook adults and 23 coho adults kept, plus one Chinook adult released for 31 boats (67 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one Chinook adult and one coho adult kept, plus one Chinook adult and one Chinook jack released for two boats (three anglers).

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

STURGEON

Despite the wind and rain, there were several thousand sturgeon anglers out in the elements trying their best to fill their daily bag limit during the one day weekend opener.  On Saturday’s (10/21) count, 948 sturgeon boats and 349 Oregon bank anglers were counted from Bonneville Dam downstream to Longview.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.06 legal white sturgeon caught per boat, while anglers fishing the Portland to Wauna power lines area averaged 0.15 legal white sturgeon caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing the Portland to Wauna power lines area averaged 0.01 legal white sturgeon caught per angler.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 77 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 40 boats (117 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed seven legal white sturgeon kept, plus 66 sublegal and five oversize sturgeon released for 111 boats (305 anglers).

Portland to Wauna power lines Bank: Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept, plus five sublegal sturgeon released for 138 bank anglers.

Portland to Wauna power lines Boats: Weekend checking showed 53 legal white sturgeon kept, plus 211 sublegal and 28 oversize sturgeon released for 355 boats (1,002 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: No report.

Bonneville Pool:  No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed 43 walleye kept, plus 11 walleye released for 10 boats (18 anglers).

John Day Pool: No report.

SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report (10-24-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Lower portions of Abernathy, Cedar (North Fork Lewis tributary), Coal, Germany, Goble, Mill (Cowlitz Co.), Mulholland, Skamokawa creeks and the Coweeman and Elochoman rivers – Re-open to fishing for hatchery steelhead and hatchery salmon beginning November 1.

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Br. downstream:  19 bank rods kept 2 adult coho and released 3.  16 boat rods kept 4 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho.  Above the I-5 Br:  98 bank rods kept 2 jack and 28 adult coho and released 1 jack and 43 adult Chinook, 10 jack and 15 adult coho, 3 steelhead, and 1 cutthroat trout.

CARTER HOTCHKISS NABBED THIS STEELHEAD AND A COHO NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE DESCHUTES WHILE TROLLING ½-OUNCE FAT WIGGLERS IN WATERMELON AND BENGAL PATTERNS DURING A GUIDED TRIP WITH BOB TOMAN. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,564 coho adults, 636 coho jacks, 292 fall Chinook adults, nine fall Chinook jacks, 53 cutthroat trout, 12 summer-run steelhead and one winter-run steelhead during seven days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 646 coho adults and 152 coho jacks into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 522 coho adults, 141 coho jacks and two cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 1,264 coho adults, 302 coho jacks, 26 fall Chinook adults, one fall Chinook jack and five cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 7,910 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 23. Water visibility is 12 feet and water temperature is 51.8 degrees F.

North Fork Lewis River – 44 bank rods kept 1 jack and 2 adult coho.  4 boat rods kept 2 adult Chinook.  Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam remains open to fishing through October 31. It will re-open for salmon and hatchery steelhead Dec. 16.

Lower Wind River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish for salmon.

Drano Lake- 4 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.  6 boat anglers kept 5 adult Chinook.  Beginning November 1, open to fishing for 7 days per week.

White Salmon River – No report on angling success. Oct. 31 is the last day to fish from the county road below the former location of the powerhouse upstream.

Klickitat River – 26 bank anglers kept 1 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 240 anglers (including 68 boats) with 1 jack and 40 adult Chinook, 43 adult coho but no steelhead.  Under permanent rules, closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead from Beacon Rock to Bonneville Dam effective November 1.

Oct. 31 is the last day of the 2017 creel census program. The program will resume in February 2018.

Bonneville Pool – 3 boat anglers had no catch.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam –  Sturgeon fishing was about as lousy as the weather last Saturday.  We sampled 688 anglers (including 129 boats) with 11 legals kept.  There were 155 vehicles from the sturgeon deadline just below Bonneville Dam downstream to Hamilton Is.  There was a mass exodus there by late morning.

Columbia, SW WA Fishing Report (10-17-17)

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

Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

On Saturday’s (10/14) flight, 314 salmonid boats and six Oregon bank anglers were counted from Tongue Point to Bonneville Dam.  Anglers fishing in the John Day Pool averaged 0.38 Chinook and 0.13 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in The Dalles Pool averaged 2.00 Chinook caught per boat.  In the Bonneville Pool, boat anglers averaged 0.67 Chinook, 1.10 coho and 0.04 steelhead caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 1.46 Chinook and 0.29 coho caught per boat.  In Troutdale, boat anglers averaged 0.41 Chinook and 0.10 coho caught per boat, while anglers fishing from Portland to Westport averaged 0.25 Chinook and 0.26 coho caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the John Day Pool averaged 1.00 coho caught per angler.

CLAY HULL REPORTS THE BITE WAS ON AT RINGOLD ON THE LOWER END OF THE MID-COLUMBIA RIVER’S HANFORD REACH LAST WEEKEND. HE WAS FISHING WITH SON WILLIAM AND GUIDE BRICE O’DOHERTY. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for two bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 41 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack and six coho adults kept, plus two coho adults released for 28 boats (79 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed 31 Chinook adults and four coho adults kept, plus two Chinook adults, one Chinook jack, four coho adults and one coho jack released for 80 boats (167 anglers).

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

Portland to Tongue Point Boats:
Weekend checking showed 14 Chinook adults, one Chinook jack, 13 coho adults and one coho jack kept, plus two coho adults released for 57 boats (129 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam): Weekly checking showed 44 Chinook adults, six Chinook jacks, 75 coho adults, one coho jack and two steelhead kept, plus two Chinook adults, one coho adult, and one steelhead released for 69 boats (164 anglers).

The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed four Chinook adults kept for two boats (seven anglers).

John Day Pool (John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed two coho adults kept for two bank anglers; and three Chinook adults and one Chinook jack kept, plus one steelhead released for eight boats (14 anglers).

STURGEON

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

Bonneville Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed 10 sublegal sturgeon, one legal and one oversize sturgeon released for one boat (three anglers).

The Dalles Pool: Closed for retention.  No report.

John Day Pool: Closed for retention.  Weekly checking showed no catch for one bank angler.

WALLEYE

Gorge:  No report.

Troutdale: No report.

Bonneville Pool:  Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for one boat (two anglers).

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

John Day Pool: Weekly checking showed 25 walleye kept, plus 15 walleye released for five boats (eight anglers).

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Salmon/Steelhead

Mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the South Fork and West Fork Grays from the mouth upstream to boundary markers 300 yards below the hatchery road bridge – Under permanent rules, closes to all fishing from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30. These areas will reopen to fishing for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 1.

Cowlitz River – I-5 Bridge downstream:  25 bank rods released 1 cutt.  19 boat anglers kept 6 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 4 adult coho.  Upstream from the I-5 Br:  26 bank rods kept 4 jack and 1 adult coho and released 16 adult Chinook, 2 adult coho, and 1 cutt.  11 boat rods kept 4 jack coho, 1 steelhead, and 5 cutts and released 1 jack and 7 adult Chinook, 2 jack and 2 adult coho, and 2 cutts.

North Fork Lewis River – 7 bank anglers kept 1 adult coho.  2 boat anglers had no catch.

Drano Lake – 3 boat anglers had no catch.

Klickitat River – 32 bank anglers kept 10 adult Chinook and 3 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches are still holding up, at least until the rain forecasted for later this week.  Over 300 boats were counted during last Saturday’s flight.  Boat anglers averaged an adult Chinook per every other boat last week.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch during the current catch-and-release fishery.

2017 Wauna-Bonneville Dam Recreational White Sturgeon Fishery

Season: Saturday, October 21, Thursday, October 26

Area: Mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam.

Daily bag limit: One fish

Legal size: 44-inch minimum and 50-inch maximum fork length (Fork length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal fin (tail) with the fish laying on its side on a flat surface, with the tape measure/ruler positioned flat under the fish).

Annual bag limit: Two fish (applicable to any/all 2017 retention fisheries)

Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

Walleye

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort and catch.

2 October Keeper Sturgeon Days On Part Of Lower Columbia OKed

EDITOR’S NOTE, 2:25 P.M., 10-11-17: Updated to reflect decision on fishery

This afternoon, Columbia sturgeon managers approved opening much of the lower river for two days of keeper fishing later this month.

The Oregon and Washington Departments of Fish and Wildlife will open retention Saturday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 26, from Bonneville down to the Wauna powerlines.

STURGEON ANGLERS MAY SEE TWO RETENTION DAYS IN LATE OCTOBER ON THE COLUMBIA BETWEEN BONNEVILLE AND WAUNA IF A PROPOSAL COMES TO PASS. DENNIS JAMES CAUGHT THIS ONE NEAR I-5 SEVERAL SEASONS BACK WHILE FISHING WITH FRIEND RODNEY STALLARD. (FISHING PHOTO CONTEST)

Daily limit is one 44- to 50-inch-fork-length white sturgeon.

“Although predicting the results of a sturgeon retention fishery in this area is confounded by multiple issues (lack of recent fishery data, higher abundance of legal-sized fish, a modified size slot, and unknown effort), staff views the … fishery proposal as a reasonable approach for re-opening this fishery,” a joint ODFW-WDFW fact sheet out for today’s decision states.

In a subsequent press release, ODFW noted it’s the first keeper sturgeon fishery in these waters since 2013. The Columbia below the dam was closed for retention from 2014 through 2016 due to a dip in the population.

There’s an estimated “legal abundance” of about 165,000 sturgeon below the dam this year, enough to provide 6,235 for harvest, including 1,245 above Wauna.

As for the other 4,990, 1,245 were reserved for the commercial fleet and 3,235 or 108 percent of the guideline for the area were caught during June’s sport fishery in the estuary below Wauna.

Just under 750 are also available in the lower Willamette, and Oregon managers say they looked at how to hold a retention fishery there.

But keeping it within the quota would “require multiple constraints such as a noon closure,” a restriction on the boat fishing area, opening it when the Columbia was also open and an even skinnier slot limit, they say, so they’re not recommending a fishery.

 

Southern Washington Fishing Report (10-10-17)

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

Salmon/Steelhead

Mainstem Grays River from the Hwy. 4 Bridge upstream to the South Fork and West Fork Grays from the mouth upstream to boundary markers 300 yards below the hatchery road bridge – Under permanent rules, closes to all fishing from Oct. 16 through Nov. 30. These areas will reopen to fishing for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 1.

NICOLE KASEBERG LANDED THIS AND ANOTHER COHO ON A 1/2 -OUNCE FAT WIGGLER IN BENGAL, A NEW PATTERN. SHE WAS FISHING FISHING WITH GUIDE BOB TOMAN ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER. (VIA JAROD HIGGINBOTHAM)

Cowlitz River – From the I-5 Bridge downstream: 33 bank rods kept 5 adult coho and released 1 adult Chinook and 2 chum. 11 boat rods kept 2 adult coho and released 2 adult Chinook and 2 adult coho. Above the I-5 Bridge – 73 bank rods kept 1 jack and 7 adult coho and released 25 adult Chinook, 11 jack and 2 adult coho and 4 cutts. 4 boat rods had no catch.

Last week, Tacoma Power employees recovered 2,402 coho adults, 742 coho jacks, 498 fall Chinook adults, 19 fall Chinook jacks, four spring Chinook adults, 16 summer-run steelhead and 18 cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week, Tacoma Power employees released 517 coho adults, 161 coho jacks and four spring Chinook adults into the Cispus River near the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and they released 469 coho adults, 184 coho jacks and one cutthroat trout at Franklin Bridge in Packwood.

Tacoma Power released 845 coho adults, 205 coho jacks, 221 fall Chinook adults, seven fall Chinook jacks and four cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,520 cubic feet per second (cfs) on Monday, Oct. 9. Water visibility is 11 feet and water temperature is 54.3 degrees F.

Lewis River (mainstem) – 5 boat anglers had no catch.

Lewis River (North Fork) – 26 bank anglers kept 4 adult coho. 13 boat anglers kept 1 jack and 4 adult Chinook, 2 adult coho and released 1 steelhead.

Klickitat River – 33 bank anglers kept 6 adult Chinook and 1 adult coho.

Yakima River – Fall Chinook continue to trickle into the Yakima River. There was a push of coho into the river last week. WDFW staff interviewed 165 anglers this past week with 14 adult salmon, 1 jack, and 1 coho harvested (25 hours per fish). Most of the harvest has been recorded in the areas just downstream of the Grant Ave bridge.

There were an estimated 545 angler trips for salmon in the lower Yakima River with a total of 3,134 angler trips for the season. An estimated 188 adult Chinook, 18 jack Chinook, and 2 coho have been harvested this season. Fishing should peak these final two weeks of the season.

Paul A. Hoffarth

District 4 Fish Biologist

WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Still pretty good effort and catch. During last Saturday’s effort flight count there were 457 boats and 156 bank anglers tallied. We sampled up to an adult Chinook per boat and a fish for every 4 bank rods.

During October 1-8, anglers on the lower Columbia made 10,288 trips and caught 2,574 adult Chinook (2,562 kept and 12 released), 23 summer steelhead (11 kept and 12 released) and 895 adult coho (651 kept and 244 released).

Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam – Effective Oct. 16, the anti?snagging rule is lifted.

Hanford Reach – Last week, WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 851 boats (2,118 anglers) and 68 bank anglers (Ringold access area) and sampled 855 adult Chinook, 70 jacks, and 1 coho. Based on the information collected, an estimated 2,494 adult Chinook, 203 jacks, and 3 coho were harvested from 6,345 angler trips. Anglers averaged 1.1 Chinook per boat, 15 hours per fish.

Through October 8, 7,213 adult fall Chinook and 595 Chinook jacks have been harvested in the Hanford Reach from 23,998 angler trips.

A Hanford Reach in-season adult fall Chinook update was completed on October 7 that estimates a natural origin return of 56,194. This would allow a harvest of up to 15,000 adults and still meet escapement goals for the Reach. At this time, there are no plans to modify the current regulations for the Hanford Reach. Two weeks remaining in this fishery. The Hanford Reach area will close to fishing for salmon on October 22!

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The Coastal Conservation Association Tri-Cities Chapter is working with Grant Public Utilities District and WDFW to host the King of the Reach Live Capture Fishing Derby October 27-29 at the Vernita Boat Launch, Wahluke (White Bluffs). The event calls upon volunteer sport anglers to help capture Wild Chinook for use as broodstock at the Priest Rapids Hatchery, an effort that will help preserve the genetic fitness and health of hatchery and wild fish. This is a WDFW Volunteer Program requiring all anglers to register on-site before fishing each day.

Who will be the next King of the Reach? Visit this webpage (http://www.ccawashington.org/KingoftheReach) to learn more about how to participate or contact Paul Hoffarth (WDFW) by phone (509-545-2284) or email (Paul.Hoffarth@dfw.wa.gov).

Sturgeon

ANNOUNCEMENT

COLUMBIA RIVER JOINT STATE HEARING

A hearing has been scheduled for 1:00 PM Wednesday October 11, 2017 via teleconference to consider recreational white sturgeon retention fisheries in the mainstem Columbia River upstream of Wauna powerlines and in the lower Willamette River (Oregon State Action).
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