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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Portions of Abernathy, Cedar (tributary of N.F. Lewis, Clark Co.), Cougar (tributary to Yale Reservoir, Cowlitz Co.), Coal, Germany, Lacamas (Clark Co.), Mill (Cowlitz Co.) creeks and Coweeman River close to all fishing beginning September 1. Except for Cougar Creek, all close to protect naturally spawning fall Chinook; Cougar Creek to protect naturally spawning kokanee.

North Fork Toutle River from confluence with South Fork to mouth of the Green River and the Green River from mouth to 400 feet below salmon hatchery rack – No report on angling success. Beginning Sept. 1, anti-snagging rule and night closure plus closed waters from 400 feet below to 400 feet above the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery.

Cowlitz River – Still some spring Chinook mini jacks being caught near the barrier dam.

Mayfield Lake – Salmon season begins Sept. 1. Daily limit 6, no more than 2 adults may be retained.  Release wild Chinook and wild coho.

Tilton River from mouth to West Fork – Sept. 1-Oct. 31: night closure and anti-snagging rule. When anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Cowlitz River from posted PUD sign on Peters Rd. to the mouth of Ohanepecosh and Muddy Fork – Sept. 1-Oct. 31: night closure and anti-snagging rule. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Kalama River – No report on angling success. Sept. 1-Oct. 31: Fly fishing only from the natural gas pipeline crossing to the deadline at the intake to the lower salmon hatchery.

Washougal River – No report on angling success. Sept. 1-Oct. 31: night closure and anti-snagging rule from Mt. Norway Br. upstream. When anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained. Note: restrictions are already in effect from Mt. Norway Br. downstream.

Wind River – Some steelhead are being caught at the mouth.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching a mix of jack and adult fall Chinook and steelhead.  About half the steelhead caught were hatchery fish.

Klickitat River – 58 bank anglers and 34 boat anglers with 1 steelhead  and 2 Chinook kept plus 5 steelhead released.

John Weinheimer, WDFW District Biologist flew the river last Saturday morning – a lot of boat and bank activity at the mouth up to Fisher Hill Bridge.  In the upper creel survey area there were 23 boats actively fishing from the hatchery to Pitt Bridge on the 9 am flight.  16 bank anglers for the same area, many fly fishermen.  River looked in nice shape.

Buoy 10 – Based on sampling at the Ports of Chinook and Ilwaco, since the mark selective fishery began last Friday boat anglers averaged a Chinook kept per every 4.5 rods.  Fishing for coho remains slow with just 0.08 fish kept per rod.

A Joint State hearing is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday August 27 to review the Buoy 10 fishery. The start time for this hearing is one hour earlier than previously scheduled (was scheduled for 2:00 p.m.).

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Effort and catches are building.

Last week we sampled 2,475 salmonid anglers (including 654 boats) with 403 adult and 22 jack fall Chinook and 88 steelhead but have yet to sample our first sport caught coho.

397 (99%) of the adult fall Chinook were kept as were 60 (68%) of the steelhead.

During last Saturday’s effort flight count there were 1,438 salmonid boats and over 600 bank anglers.

Bonneville and The Dalles pools – Boat anglers are catching a mix of jack and adult fall Chinook and steelhead.  Last Sunday morning there were approximately 25 boats of the mouths of the White Salmon and Klickitat rivers in Bonneville Pool.

Hanford Reach – This past week staff interviewed 14 boats (31 boat anglers) and 9 bank anglers fishing for Chinook that kept  4 adult Chinook and 1 jack (0.3 Chinook per boat).  Based on the interviews an estimated 996 angler trips were conducted between August 19 and 25.  Harvest for the week was estimated at 120 adult Chinook and 30 Chinook jacks.

For the season 183 adult Chinook and 46 jacks have been harvested and 22 Chinook jacks along with 37 hatchery steelhead have been caught and released.  There have been 1,853 angler trips for the fishery through August 25.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – We sampled 5 sturgeon boats/12 anglers with 21 legals released.  All the boats sampled were from the Longview area.

The section upstream from the Navigation Marker 82 line opens for catch and release angling beginning September 1.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – We sampled 5 walleye boats/8 anglers in the Camas/Washougal area with no catch.

Trout

Lake Scanewa and Swift reservoirs – No report on angling success.  Effective Sept. 1, up to 10 rainbow trout may be retained.  Only hatchery rainbows may be retained at Lake Scanewa.

 

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