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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 26, 2011 at 2:09 PM

A quick look at 2010 Columbia River fall chinook catches

After going through page after page of handouts from the recent state Fish and Wildlife meetings on setting salmon fishing seasons in Washington, I came across this interesting table on fall adult chinook catches in 2010 Columbia River sport and commercial fisheries.

The Buoy 10 fishery was open Aug. 1-Dec. 31. Chinook retention was allowed during August. Coho retention continued through December. The chinook and coho harvest came in less than the preseason expectation.

The mainstem sport fishery was open Aug. 1-Dec. 31 from Rocky Point-Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville for chinook retention except beginning Sept. 12 chinook retention was allowed only upstream of the Lewis River. The chinook and coho harvest was generally within the preseason expectation.

Both sport fisheries occurred as planned with no in-season emergency action.

The commercial fishery started in early August with three days in Zones 1-5, followed by an additional day in Zone 2-5. Early August catch was generally within expectation. The late August fishery consisted of three days in Zones 4-5 compared to two days planned. Late August catch exceeded preseason expectations, and stock composition was heavier to URBs than expected.

The September target chinook fishery did not occur as planned due to higher catches in the August commercial fisheries.

Late fall fisheries started on September 22, and was the only fishing period to occur in the month of September. The fishery was a 10-hour period in Zones 4-5 with 8-inch gear.

A total of 10 fishing periods were conducted during Oct. 5-22. Two target coho days occurred Oct. 12 and 14. A third daylight fishery occurred Oct. 20 with minimum mesh restriction. Three chinook fishing periods were conducted in Zones 1-5 and remaining four periods occurred in Zone 4-5. Late fall chinook harvest was less than predicted than preseason expectation.

BY THE NUMBERS:

Early August fishery: Total catch was 7,680 preseason and 8,130 was actual; the lower river hatchery chinook catch was 2,510 and 3,260; upriver bright chinook catch was 1,480 and 830.

Mid-August fishery: 2,210 and 0; 730 and 0; 470 and 0.

Late August fishery (Zone 4 and 5): 9,550 and 13,399; 580 and 450; 3,150 and 6,790.

September chinook fishery: 4,940 and 0; 940 and 0; 1,840 and 0.

September fishery (Zone 4 and 5): 12,440 and 5,291; 0 and 120; 4,060 and 3,230.

October coho fishery: 1,310 and 3,891; 0 and 0; 470 and 2,540.

SAFE fishery: 12,850 and 18,142; 2,850 and 11,150; 360 and 150.

Columbia mainstem total: 38,130 and 30,711; 4,760 and 3,830; 11,470 and 13,390.

Commercial total: 50,980 and 48,853; 7,610 and 14,980; 11,830 and 13,540.

Buoy 10 fishery: 12,470 and 6,474; 2,910 and 1,790; 2,280 and 1,670.

Lower river fishery: 17,160 and 16,952; 2,120 and 3,280; 10,420 and 9,340.

Zone 6 fishery: 2,480 and 2,538; 0 and 0; 1,810 and 1,860.

Hanford Reach fishery: 8,470 and 10,989; 0 and 0; 8,470 and 10,970.

Washington tributaries below Bonneville Dam: 7,950 and 6,735; 7,950 and 7,970; 0 and 0.

Columbia mainstem total below McNary Dam: 32,110 and 25,964; 5,030 and 5,070; 14,510 and 12,870.

Sport total: 48,530 and 43,688; 12,980 and 13,040; 22,980 and 23,840.

Columbia mainstem total: 70,240 and 56,675; 9,790 and 8,900; 25,980 and 26,260.

Grand total: 99,150 and 92,541; 20,590 and 28,020; 34,810 and 37,380.

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