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December 15, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Columbia River sport fisheries 2012 results and 2013 expectations

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Recreational Fisheries 2012 Results and 2013 Expectations from state Fish and Wildlife:

Willamette River Spring Chinook – Recreational

Lower Willamette

Open 7 days/week under permanent regulations in 2012

108,300 angler trips (Feb 13-June 10) in 2012

15,500 kept – 4th highest since 1991; (2,600 rel.) in 2012

86% mark rate in 2012

Permanent regulations likely in 2013

Clackamas River

7,500 angler trips in 2012

600 kept (200 released); similar to 5-yr avg. in 2012

Permanent regulations likely in 2013

Washington Tributary Spring Chinook – Recreational

Cowlitz River

7 day/week fishery; 2 fish bag in 2012

2,000 adults and 350 jacks kept in 2012

Permanent regulations likely in 2013

Kalama River

7 d/wk fishery; 1 fish bag. Early closure (May 29) in 2012

225 adults and 40 jacks kept in 2012

Fishery restrictions likely in 2013

Lewis River

7 d/wk fishery; 1 fish bag in 2012

325 adults/100 jacks kept in 2013

Fishery restrictions possible in 2013

Columbia River Fisheries – Recreational

Lower Columbia

Spring Season 2012

Spring Chinook open:

B10-I-5 Bridge; Jan-Feb; 7 d/wk; 2 Chinook bag (perm rules)

B10-BON : Mar 1-Apr 22, May 26-27

Bank only Beacon R to BON

One Chinook bag

Closed Tuesdays (3/20-4/17)

114,700 angler trips in 2012

13,300 adult and 200 jack Chinook kept (2,400 adults released) in 2012

2,000 steelhead kept (500 released) in 2012

Chinook retention open 50 days (47%) of 107 days from Mar 1 – Jun 15 in 2012

Season TBD in 2013

Bonneville to McNary

Spring Season 2012

Spring Chinook open:

Mar 16-May 6, May 19-20

Two Chinook bag

900 Chinook kept (300 released) in 2012

Open 54 days (50%) of 107-day (3/1-6/15) period in 2012

Season TBD in 2013

Snake River

Spring Season 2012

Spring Chinook open:

Snake R. IH 4/20-5/18; LG 4/25-5/18; LMO and LWG 4/25-5/22; 2,300 kept (500 rel.) in 2012

Ringold – closed

Snake Season TBD in 2013

No Ringold fishery (program discontinued)

Columbia River Recreational Fisheries

Summer Season in 2012

Summer Chinook open:

Jun 16-Jul 1 Astoria Bridge to BON.

Jun 16-July 31 BON to PRD,

Jul 1-Aug 31 Upstream of PRD

Bag limits: 2 hatchery Chinook below PRD,

2 hatchery/ 1 wild Chinook above PRD

Below BON – 34,600 angler trips,

2,900 adult and 300 jack Chinook kept; (1,600 adults released) in 2012

3,400 sockeye kept (record) and 400 released in 2012

Summer steelhead (May-July):

14,400 kept (record); (11,100 released) in 2012

BON to PRD: 75 Chinook kept (50 released)

Season TBD at NOF in 2013

Buoy 10 in 2012

Constrained by LCR natural tules

Guidelines: 13,900 Chinook and 8,000 coho

Chinook retention 8/1-9/3 (1 fish limit)

and 10/1-12/31 (2 fish limit)

Coho retention 8/1-12/31 (2 fish limit)

63,400 angler trips in 2012

18,400 Chinook and 7,400 fin-clipped coho kept in 2012

Season TBD at NOF in 2013

Chinook objectives:

B10 – through Labor Day

Lower Columbia Fall Season

Constrained by LCR natural tules in 2012

Fall Chinook open:

8/1-9/9; 9/10-16 (MSF); 10/1-12/31 Tongue Pt.-Warrior R

8/1-12/31 Warrior R. to BON

2 fish limit (1 Chinook thru 9/9)

128,800 angler trips (2nd highest)

22,400 adult fall Chinook kept (3rd highest), 3,700 Chinook released, 4,200 jacks kept,

900 clipped coho, 5,600 steelhead kept, (3,500 rel.)

Season TBD at NOF Chinook objectives:

TP-WR – thru mid Sept (with one week MSF)

Lewis – full season

Mid Columbia Fall Season in 2012

Open 8/1-12/31; 2 Chinook limit

5,300 Chinook kept

Similar to recent years in 2013

Sturgeon

Managed for area-specific catch guidelines:

(4,160 estuary, 2,080 >Wauna, 1,768 LWR)

Trips Catch

Estuary 20,000 4,500 (complete)

Non-Estuary 24,100 1,900 (complete)

Willamette 10,900 1,500 (complete)

55,000 7,900

Season TBD in 2013

Shad

Below average effort/catch in 2012

14,500 trips & 132,000 catch in Columbia

3,800 trips & 17,100 catch in Will. R. (thru 6/10)

Pop. trend increasing

No changes to fishery in 2013

2013 Columbia River Fishery Process Schedule (Preliminary Draft)

Dec 14-15, 2012

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

Columbia River Fishery Management – Briefing

Review of Lower Columbia River Sturgeon Management Policy C-3001 – Briefing at Comfort Inn in Tumwater

Jan. 11-12, 2013

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission

Columbia River Fishery Management – Ruling at WDFW HQ in Olympia

Late January

CR Commercial and Recreational Advisory Groups

Fisheries discussions at TBD

Jan. 30, 2013

CR Compact/Joint State Hearing

Commercial winter/spring fishing plans

SAFE commercial fisheries

Recreational salmon and white sturgeon at Sheraton – Airport in Portland, Oregon

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