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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 23, 2013 at 1:29 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Deep River – Effective August 1, any Chinook may be retained.

Grays (including West Fork) and Elochoman rivers – Beginning August 1, night closure, anti-snagging rule, and stationary gear restrictions will be in effect.

Cowlitz River – 20 bank anglers kept 19 mini jack Chinook and 1 cutthroat.  74 boat anglers kept 43 steelhead and released 1 cutthroat.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 400 summer-run steelhead, 132 spring Chinook adults, 29 jacks, 379 mini-jacks, two sockeye and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 17 spring Chinook adults and ten jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, five spring Chinook adults and 14 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, and 252 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,530 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 22. Water visibility is 17 feet.

Mainstem Lewis River – 9 boat anglers released 1 steelhead.

North Fork Lewis River – 11 bank anglers had no catch.

Green, Kalama, Toutle (including North Fork), and Washougal rivers – Open to fishing for salmon beginning August 1. Hatchery fall Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. On the Kalama and Washougal rivers, stationary gear rules will no longer be in effect.

Lower Wind –Beginning August 1, anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

Drano Lake – 2 bank anglers had no catch.  15 boat anglers kept 1 steelhead and released 8 fish.  Half dozen boats here yesterday morning.  Beginning August 1, any Chinook or  coho may be retained. Anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

Klickitat River – Effective August 1, any Chinook may be retained. On the lower Klickitat, night closures and anti-snagging rule will be in effect.

Like last year, anglers will be allowed to retain up to six adult hatchery coho on all tributaries to the lower Columbia River with hatchery programs. Those rivers include the Cowlitz, Deep, Elochoman, Grays (including West Fork), Kalama, Klickitat, Lewis (including North Fork), Toutle (including Green and North Fork) and Washougal.

Buoy 10– Will be open for Chinook and hatchery coho August 1-September 1. Anglers will have a two-salmonid daily limit, only one of which may be a Chinook. From September 2-30, anglers will have a daily limit of two hatchery coho or hatchery steelhead or one of each, but must release Chinook.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,981 salmonid anglers (including 237 boats) with 726 steelhead, 4 adult and 4 jack summer Chinook, and 4 sockeye.  Only 263 (36%) of the steelhead were kept; 463 wild fish were found in the unexpanded sample.  1 (25%) of the jack Chinook were kept.  Of the adult Chinook released, half were wild and half were hatchery origin.   All of the sockeye were kept.

The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam will be open for Chinook (adipose fin clipped or not) and hatchery coho but close for sockeye beginning August 1.  Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult Chinook as part of their two adult salmonid daily limit.  From the Lewis downstream, wild Chinook must be released between September 6-12 and all Chinook must be released in that same section September 13-30.

Camas Slough – Effect August 1, anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement.

Bonneville Pool – Effort and catches are light. Night closure will be in effect for salmon and steelhead beginning August 1.

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some steelhead.

Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam – Anti-snagging rule will be in effect for salmon and steelhead beginning August 1.

Bonneville Dam to Priest Rapids Dam – Effective August 1, any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia from the Marker 82 line downstream – Last week we sampled 11 sturgeon anglers (including 5 boats) with 1 legal released.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 12 walleye boats/20 anglers with 8 walleye kept.

The Dalles Pool – The few boat anglers sampled did well for walleye and bass.

Shad

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled one lonely shad bank angler with no fish last week.

 

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