SW WA, Lower Columbia Fishing Report (3-24-15)

THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL ORIGINATED FROM JOE HYMER, P.S.M.F.C. SUPERVISING BIOLOGIST IN VANCOUVER, AND TANNA TAKATA, ODFW

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 42 boat anglers kept 36 steelhead and released 1.  32 bank anglers kept 6 adult spring Chinook and 9 steelhead plus released 1 steelhead.  The steelhead were mainly caught around the trout hatchery; spring Chinook at the salmon hatchery.

During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered:

494 winter-run steelhead and two spring Chinook salmon

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

75 winter-run steelhead to the Tilton River at Gus Backstrom Park in Morton
15 steelhead adults and one spring Chinook into the Cispus River above Yellow Jacket Creek
15 steelhead adults and one spring Chinook into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,080 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 16. Water visibility is ten feet.
Wind River – A couple boats there daily with but no catch was observed.

Anglers are reminded Wind River from the Hwy. 14 Bridge upstream is closed to all fishing through March.

Drano Lake – No effort was observed.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort is increasing but not so much on the catch.  We sampled nearly twice as many anglers but about the same number of fish as the previous week.

Last week we sampled 1,709 salmonid anglers (including 563 boats) with 68 adult spring Chinook and 15 steelhead.  54 (79%) of the adult Chinook were kept.  73% of the adult Chinook were upriver origin based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

8 (53%) of the steelhead caught were kept.

Salmonid effort doubled from Thursday to Saturday.  On Saturday, 889 boats and 676 bank anglers were tallied.  Effort was spread throughout the river.

Reminder – The mainstem Columbia below Bonneville Dam will be closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad March 24, March 31, and April 7, 2015.

Bonneville Pool – Light effort and no catch was observed.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some spring Chinook and steelhead.

John Day Pool – Light effort and no catch was observed.

Sturgeon

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

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching a few legals.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers averaged just over 3 walleye and just under 6 bass per rod when including fish released.  The majority of the walleye were kept.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 1.5 walleye per rod.  Boat anglers were also catching some bass.

Trout

Recent plants of rainbows into SW WA waters.  No report on angling success.

LEROY BURNS PD (WAHK)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LEROY%20BURNS%20PD%20(WAHK)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Mar 16, 2015
Rainbow
2,000
2.05
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

Mar 16, 2015
Rainbow
250
2.2
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

THEY CALL HIM HUNTER, BUT FISHER WORKS TOO! THAT'S HUNTER WALL WITH A TROUT HE RECENTLY CAUGHT OUT OF SILVER LAKE, NEAR CASTLE ROCK. IT HIT A RED AND WHITE SPOON, SAYS HIS DAD, GARY. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

THEY CALL HIM HUNTER, BUT FISHER WORKS TOO! THAT’S HUNTER WALL WITH A TROUT HE RECENTLY CAUGHT OUT OF SILVER LAKE, NEAR CASTLE ROCK. IT HIT A RED AND WHITE SPOON HUNTER WAS FISHING AFTER SCHOOL, SAYS HIS GRANDAD, GARY. (DAIWA PHOTO CONTEST)

LK SACAJAWEA (COWL)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=LK%20SACAJAWEA%20(COWL)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Mar 17, 2015
Rainbow
1,849
2.05
GOLDENDALE HATCHERY

KLINELINE PD (CLAR)<http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/search.php?searchby=LakeStocked&search=KLINELINE%20PD%20(CLAR)&orderby=LakeStocked%20ASC,%20StockDate%20DESC>
Mar 16, 2015
Rainbow
1,500
2
VANCOUVER HATCHERY

This past week 20 fish went to Kress Lake: 17 adult Kalama integrated stock and 3 adult Early Winter stock.

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Salmon, Steelhead and Shad

Effort is increasing, but salmonid catch rates are still low in most areas.  Boat anglers fishing in the gorge below Beacon Rock averaged 1.0 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in Troutdale averaged 0.07 spring Chinook caught per boat.  In the Portland to Westport area, boat anglers averaged 0.13 spring Chinook caught per boat, while anglers fishing in the estuary averaged 0.08 spring Chinook caught per boat.  Bank anglers fishing in the gorge averaged 0.2 spring Chinook caught per bank angler, while anglers fishing the Portland to Westport area averaged 0.03 spring Chinook and 0.01 steelhead caught per bank rod.  On Saturday’s (3/21) flight, 889 salmonid boats and 423 Oregon bank anglers were counted from the Columbia River Estuary to Bonneville Dam.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for five bank anglers.

Gorge Boats (below Beacon Rock): Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for three boats (10 anglers).

Troutdale Boats: Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for 14 boats (34 anglers).

Portland to Westport Bank: Weekend checking showed six adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring Chinook and three unclipped steelhead released for 269 bank anglers.

Portland to Westport Boats: Weekend checking showed 32 adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept, plus five unclipped spring Chinook released for 283 boats (749 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Clatsop Spit to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed no catch for 12 bank anglers.

Estuary Boats (Tongue Point to Wauna Powerlines): Weekend checking showed two adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook kept for 24 boats (46 anglers).

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook and one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for 18 bank anglers.

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): Weekly checking showed no catch for 17 bank anglers; and no catch for one boat (two anglers).

STURGEON

Lower Columbia (below Bonneville Dam): Closed to retention, catch-and-release only. No report.

Gorge Bank: No report.

Bonneville Pool (Columbia River between Bonneville Dam and The Dalles Dam): Closed to retention, catch-and-release only.  No report.

The Dalles Pool (Columbia River between The Dalles Dam and John Day Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers; and one oversize and 17 sublegal sturgeon released for seven boats (17 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for 11 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus three sublegal sturgeon released for nine boats (23 anglers).

WALLEYE

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for three bank anglers; and 188 walleye kept, plus two walleye released for 27 boats (63 anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River between John Day Dam and McNary Dam): Weekly checking showed no catch for two bank anglers; and 77 walleye kept, plus 12 walleye released for 35 boats (62 anglers).

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