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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 8, 2013 at 1:08 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Mainstem Grays River from Hwy. 4 Bridge to South Fork and West Fork Grays from mouth to boundary markers 300 yards below the hatchery road bridge – Under permanent rules, closes to all fishing from Oct. 16-Nov. 30. These areas will reopen for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead beginning December 1.

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mix of fall Chinook, coho, and sea run cutthroats.  Quite a few coho jacks are in the catch.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching a mix of fall Chinook, coho, and steelhead.  Most of the Chinook were released (wild or dark) while most of the coho caught were jacks.

Lewis River – On the North Fork, boat anglers are doing well for fall Chinook while bank anglers are mainly catching coho and some steelhead.   Boat anglers on the mainstem Lewis are also catching some coho.

Colvin Creek to the overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam remains open to fishing through Tuesday October 15. 

Washougal River – Winding down for fall Chinook but coho are reported to be present.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers on the lower river are catching good numbers of fall Chinook.  Some coho are also appearing in the catch.

Yakima River – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Pasco – Flows rose above 5,000cfs for a couple of days this past week (Oct 2-3) but cleared and settled by the weekend.   WDFW staff interviewed 148 anglers between September 30th and October 6.  Anglers reported harvesting 38 adult Chinook, 5 jacks, and 1 coho.  An estimated 268 adult fall Chinook, 39 jacks, and 7 coho were harvested this past week from 1,224 angler trips.  Anglers averaged 1 salmon for every 7.6 hours fished.

For the season, 4,496 anglers trips have been taken and 995 adult Chinook, 165 Chinook jacks, and 7 coho have been harvested.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first 6 days of October we sampled 389 salmonid anglers (including 103 boats) with 24 adult and 1 jack fall Chinook, 7 adult coho, and no steelhead.

Still some effort with 249 boats and 136 bank anglers observed during last Saturday’s effort flight count.

Bonneville Pool – Limited sampling showed more coho than fall Chinook in the catch.  Effort was heavy this weekend with 75 boats observed off the mouth of the Klickitat, 35 off the White Salmon, and 35 off Drano Lake last Saturday morning.

Under permanent rules, the night closure is lifted beginning Oct. 16.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some fall Chinook.

Effective Oct. 16, the anti-snagging rule is lifted from Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam.

Hanford Reach – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Pasco – Angler effort remained strong this past week with an estimated 7,714 angler trips for the week.  Anglers averaged 2.5 Chinook per boat.

Staff interviewed anglers from 477 boats (1,191 boat anglers) and 382 bank anglers fishing for Chinook reporting a harvest of 1,099 adult Chinook and 107 jacks.  Harvest for the week was estimated at 6,531 adult Chinook and 651 Chinook jacks.

For the season, 14,967 adult Chinook and 2,014 jacks have been harvested.  The adult harvest breaks the previous record of 13,102 adults harvested set last year.  There have been 27,958 angler trips for the fishery through October 6. The in-season run update for natural origin adult Hanford Reach fall Chinook returning to the Hanford Reach is 181,137 (updated Oct 1).

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Effort is light during the current catch and release only fishery with only a single boat observed during last Saturday’s effort flight count.  Some legals are being released by boat anglers in the Kalama area.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers released some legals though the pool remains open for retention.

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Only a couple walleye boats were found in the Camas/Washougal area during last Saturday’s effort flight count.  However, limited creel sampling showed anglers were doing pretty well for walleye there.

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