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April 22, 2014 at 1:51 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

3492044878_e2b2d9e8a5Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mix of spring Chinook and winter run steelhead.  Most of the action was between the hatcheries.

Anglers should note the south side of the river from Mill Creek to the Barrier Dam is closed to all fishing from May 1 through June 15 per permanent regulations.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 836 winter-run steelhead, 80 spring Chinook adults, eight jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 15 steelhead and one cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 105 steelhead, 41 spring Chinook adults and seven jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 8,880 cubic feet per second on Monday, April 21. Water visibility is nine feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching a mix of spring Chinook (which have to be released) and steelhead.  No spring Chinook had returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery as of April 18.  The hatchery escapement goal is about 400 fish.

Lewis River – Effort and catches are light.  Remains closed for spring Chinook.  North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) to Merwin Dam – Through May 31, closed to all fishing.

Through April 18, a total of 7 hatchery adult spring Chinook had returned to the traps.  The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 fish.

Wind River – Effort and spring Chinook catches are increasing.  Some spring Chinook have also been reported caught in the gorge.

From the mouth to the Burlington Northern Railroad Bridge, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved from May 1 through June 30.  In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Anti-snagging rule will be in effect from the Burlington-Northern Railroad Bridge upstream beginning May 1. When the anti-snagging rule is in effect, only fish hooked inside the mouth may be retained.

Wind River from 100 feet above Shipherd Falls upstream to boundary markers approximately 800

yards downstream from Carson National Fish Hatchery (except closed 400 feet below to 100 feet

above the Coffer Dam) – From May 1 through June 30, the salmon and steelhead daily limits will be a

total of 2 chinook or hatchery steelhead or one of each. Unmarked chinook may be retained in this

section of the Wind. Night closure and anti-snag rule will be in effect. Only fish hooked inside the mouth

may be retained.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching some spring Chinook.

Effective May 1 through June 30, each angler aboard a vessel may deploy SALMON/STEELHEAD angling gear until the daily SALMON/STEELHEAD limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.  In addition, anglers with a Two-Pole Endorsement may fish for salmon and steelhead with two poles during the same period.

Klickitat River – Effort and catch are light.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Catch rates and stock composition were pretty much the same as the previous Monday.

Through May 15, the mainstem Columbia River is open for retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead and shad ONLY during days and in areas open for retention of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook.

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 Pool – Some spring Chinook are being caught off the bank near Drano Lake.

The Dalles and John Day pools –  Effort and spring Chinook catches are increasing.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Light effort during the current catch-and-release only fishery.

All fishing for sturgeon will be closed from May 1 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.

Bonneville Pool – Currently catch-and-release fishing only.

Angling for sturgeon will be prohibited from May through July between The Dalles Dam downstream 1.8 miles to a line from the east (upstream) dock at the Port of The Dalles boat ramp straight across to a marker on the Washington shore.

The Dalles and John Day pools – Boat anglers are catching some legals.

Under permanent rules to protect spawning fish, closed to fishing for sturgeon from John Day Dam downstream 2.4 miles to the west end of the grain silo at Rufus Oregon and from McNary Dam downstream 1.5 miles to Hwy. 82 (Hwy. 395) Bridge May 1-July 31.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged over 3 walleye and 4 bass per rod.

John Day pool – Boat anglers averaged over 3 bass per rod when including fish released.  One in four boat anglers kept/released a walleye.

Trout

Swift ReservoirWill not open until the first Saturday in June, as noted in the fishing pamphlet. The later opening is designed to protect downstream migrating salmon and steelhead smolts, which are part of an ongoing reintroduction program under re-licensing agreements with PacifiCorp.

Recent plants:

ART LK (LEWI)
Apr 16, 2014 Rainbow

891

2.5

Mossyrock Hatchery
HORSESHOE LK (COWL)
Apr 16, 2014 Rainbow

3,422

2.7

Mossyrock Hatchery
Apr 15, 2014 Rainbow

3,350

2.23

Goldendale Hatchery
Apr 14, 2014 Rainbow

3,510

2.5

Mossyrock Hatchery
ICE HOUSE LK (SKAM)
Apr 16, 2014 Rainbow

1,167

2.23

Goldendale Hatchery
KLINELINE PD (CLAR)
Apr 11, 2014 Rainbow

2,125

2.5

Mossyrock Hatchery
Apr 10, 2014 Rainbow

75

0.1

Goldendale Hatchery
Apr 10, 2014 Rainbow

290

0.3

Goldendale Hatchery
Apr 10, 2014 Rainbow

3,600

2.5

Mossyrock Hatchery
Apr 10, 2014 Rainbow

9,827

1.8

Vancouver Hatchery
KRESS LK (COWL)
Apr 14, 2014 Rainbow

3,366

2.2

Goldendale Hatchery
LACAMAS LK (CLAR)
Apr 16, 2014 Rainbow

4,416

2

Vancouver Hatchery
LK SACAJAWEA (COWL)
Apr 14, 2014 Rainbow

3,645

2.5

Mossyrock Hatchery
LTL ASH LK (SKAM)
Apr 16, 2014 Rainbow

1,000

2.23

Goldendale Hatchery
LEWIS CO PRK PD-S (LEWI)
Apr 10, 2014 Rainbow

284

0.67

Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs. each.
TUNNEL LK (SKAM)
Apr 16, 2014 Rainbow

738

2.32

Goldendale Hatchery
Apr 16, 2014 Rainbow

1,262

2.23

Goldendale Hatchery

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