Cowlitz River – Some spring Chinook are being caught. Catch is scattered throughout the river. Anglers should note the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing through mid June per permanent regulations.
Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery spring Chinook return as of May 4 is 456 adults including 16 wild origin (last year 563 hatchery and 11 wild adult spring Chinook had returned by this time). Hatchery escapement goal is 1,644 adults. River flow ranged between 8,000 and 9,000 cfs last week.
Kalama River – Light effort. Some steelhead are being caught. Remains closed to fishing for spring Chinook.
Kalama Falls Hatchery spring Chinook return as of May 4 is 3 adults including 1 wild origin (same as this time last year). The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 adults.
Lewis River – Light effort for steelhead. Remains closed to fishing for spring Chinook.
Return to the Lewis River traps as of May 4 is 5 adults including 0 wild origin (no fish had returned at this time last year). The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults. River flow ranged from about 6,500 to 9,000 cfs last week.
Washougal River – Bank anglers are catching a few steelhead.
Wind River – Boat anglers averaged about an adult Chinook kept per every 5 rods. A few jacks are also appearing in the catch.
From the Carson National Fish Hatchery Facebook page: Our ladder has been open for four days but no fish yet. Last year, our first adults did not arrive until May 19. The address is http://www.facebook.com/pages/Carson-National-Fish-Hatchery/333394436733714.
Drano Lake – Boat and bank anglers averaged about an adult Chinook kept per every 7 rods.
From the Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery Facebook page (May 2): We have approximately 1,380 springers in our holding pond so come see them! They look beautiful with some mighty large ones in there. The address is https://www.facebook.com/LittleWhiteSalmonNFH?ref=hl. This year’s escapement goal is 1,000 fish.
In comparison, only 6 adults and 2 jacks had returned to the hatchery by this time last year.
Klickitat River – Bank anglers below Fisher Hill Bridge are catching some spring Chinook.
From Joe Zendt, Yakama Nation Fisheries Biologist – Through May 2 there had been 10 spring Chinook adults (all ad-clipped hatchery fish) at the Lyle Falls adult trap on the lower Klickitat. We are in process of transitioning to the newly operating adult trap facility, and our web site likely won’t be updated until the full data entry station is completed there (in 2-3 weeks). Once that is fully operational there should be near real-time updates to the website.
Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to I-5 Bridge – Currently closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad. Scheduled to reopen May 16 for hatchery steelhead, hatchery Chinook jacks, and shad. Scheduled to be open June 16 through June 30 for hatchery adult summer Chinook and sockeye.
I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam– Currently closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad. Scheduled to reopen May 16 for shad and June 16 for hatchery steelhead, hatchery summer Chinook, and sockeye. Scheduled to be open June 16 through June 30 for hatchery adult summer Chinook and sockeye.
Bonneville Dam to Washington/Oregon border – Currently closed to fishing for salmon and steelhead. Scheduled to reopen June 16 for hatchery steelhead, hatchery summer Chinook, and sockeye.
The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met today but did not provide a run update. Counts total 49,300 adult Chinook at Bonneville Dam through May 5. By this date at Bonneville Dam, passage is about 39% complete based on the 5-year average and about 44% complete based on the 10-year average.
TAC will continue to meet weekly to review the progress of the upriver spring Chinook run. The next scheduled TAC meeting is Monday May 13.
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers are catching some legals in the Vancouver and Kalama areas. Boat angling effort increased with nearly 150 counted during last Saturday’s effort flight count.
Mainstem Columbia and its tributaries from Buoy 10 to the Wauna powerlines including all adjacent Washington tributaries –White sturgeon may be retained daily May 11 through June 30. Minimum size will be 41” minimum fork length and maximum size 54” fork length. Catch-and-release fishing is permitted on non-retention days.
Mainstem Columbia River from the Wauna powerlines upstream to Bonneville Dam including all adjacent Washington tributaries (excluding sturgeon spawning sanctuary described below) – White sturgeon may be retained Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays only through June 15 and October 19 through December 31. Daily limit is 1 fish. Minimum fork length is 38” and maximum fork length 54”. Catch-and-release fishing is permitted on non-retention days.
All fishing for sturgeon is closed through Aug. 31 in the sturgeon sanctuary from Bonneville Dam downstream 9 miles to a line crossing the Columbia River from navigation marker 82 on the Oregon shore westerly to the boundary marker on the Washington shore upstream of Fir Point.
The Dalles and John Day pools – Slow for legal size fish. Existing sturgeon spawning sanctuaries below John Day and McNary dams are in effect through July.
Walleye and Bass
The Dalles and John Day pools – Bank and boat anglers are catching some bass in John Day Pool. Not much to report on walleye success in either pool.
Plummer Lake near Centralia – Planted with 1,000 catchable size rainbows last week. No report on angling success.
(Photo courtesy of Gerald Chew)