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May 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Elochoman River from mouth to West Fork and Grays River from mouth to South Fork and West Fork from mouth to hatchery intake/footbridge – Under permanent rules, open to fishing for hatchery Chinook and hatchery steelhead beginning the first Saturday in June (June7th this year).

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mixture of adult and jack spring Chinook and winter and summer run steelhead.  Most of the catch was sampled between the hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 534 spring Chinook adults, 219 jacks, 93 winter-run steelhead and 19 summer-run steelhead during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released two steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, 180 spring Chinook adults and 110 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 192 spring Chinook adults and 88 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 6,450 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 19. Water visibility is nine feet.

Blue Creek from mouth to posted sign above rearing pond outlet – Effect June 1, the trout daily limit is 5 fish. Up to 2 fish over 20 inches may be retained. Release wild cutthroats. Night closure and anti-snagging rules will be in effect. Open to all anglers.

Green River from the mouth to 400’ below the water intake at the upper end of the hatchery and South Fork Toutle River from the mouth to the 4700 Road Bridge –Scheduled to open the last Saturday in May.  Selective gear rules apply during this early fishery which ends June 6.  Be alert for a possible emergency regulation to open these fisheries earlier. 

Kalama River – Boat anglers are catching some spring Chinook which have to be released.

Through May 18, a total of 78 hatchery Kalama origin spring Chinook have returned to Kalama Falls Hatchery.  The escapement goal is about 400 adults.

Kalama River from Summers Creek upstream to 6420 Road (about 1 mile above gate at end of county road bridge) – Effective the first Saturday in June, up to 2 hatchery steelhead may be retained. Fly fishing only.

Lewis River – No report on angling success.  Through May 18, just over 500 spring Chinook had returned to the traps.  The hatchery escapement goal is about 1,300 adults.

North Fork Lewis River from Johnson Creek (located downstream from Lewis River Salmon Hatchery) upstream to overhead powerlines below Merwin Dam – Through May 31 CLOSED TO ALL FISHING. On June 1st this section will reopen to hatchery steelhead but remain closed for Chinook.

East Fork Lewis River from the mouth to 400 feet below Horseshoe Falls (except closures around various falls) and the Washougal River from the mouth to Salmon Falls Bridge – Under permanent rules these areas will be open to fishing with bait for hatchery steelhead beginning the first Saturday in June.

Wind River – Anglers are catching fish throughout the river.  As of today, Carson National Fish Hatchery reports 547 fish have returned.  The hatchery escapement goal is 1,500 fish.

Drano Lake – Anglers continue to catch some spring Chinook, both adults and jacks.

As of today, a total of 1,624 spring Chinook have returned to Little White Salmon National Fish Hatchery.  The escapement goal of 1,000 fish has been met.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers in the lower river are catching about an equal mix of adult and jack spring Chinook plus a few summer run steelhead.

As of May 12, a total of 5 adult spring Chinook had returned to Klickitat Salmon Hatchery.  The escapement goal is about 500 fish.

Under permanent rules, the Klickitat River from the Fisher Hill Bridge downstream will open 7 days per week beginning June 1. The salmon daily limit will be 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adults. Two hatchery steelhead may also be retained. Release wild Chinook.

The section from 400 feet upstream from # 5 fishway upstream to boundary markers below the Klickitat Salmon Hatchery will open to fishing for hatchery Chinook jacks and hatchery steelhead beginning June 1 under permanent rules. Again, release wild Chinook.

Yakima River – WDFW staff interviewed 38 anglers fishing for salmon in the lower Yakima River this past week with no salmon caught or harvested. The majority of anglers interviewed were fishing for smallmouth bass and channel catfish.  Staff interviewed 119 anglers fishing for bass and channel catfish (241.6 pole hours) with 101 smallmouth and 17 channel catfish.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Bank anglers are catching more jack spring Chinook than adults while boat anglers are catching just the opposite.  Quite a few summer run steelhead also appearing in the catch mostly from Longview downstream.

Effort was fairly heavy this past weekend with over 500 boats and 600 bank anglers counted during the Sat. May 17 flight.

The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met yesterday morning to review the upriver spring Chinook stock status.  TAC maintained the current in-season forecast of 224,000 adult upriver spring Chinook to the Columbia River.

TAC will meet again Tuesday May 27.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia from the Marker 82 line downstream – Effort and catch remains light during the current catch-and-release fishery.

The Dalles Pool – Slow for legal size fish.  Through April, an estimated 71 (23.7%) of the 300 fish annual guideline had been taken.

John Day Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  An estimated 238 (47.6%) of the 500 fish annual guideline had been taken through April.

Walleye and Bass

The Dales Pool – Boat anglers averaged 2.5 walleye and 4.5 bass per rod when including fish released.

John Day Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged nearly 1.5 walleye and 13 bass per rod.

Trout

Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir) – Beginning June 1, open to fishing for hatchery rainbows. 20,000 catchable size rainbows expected to be planted from June through August.

Some streams in Region 5 that open to fishing the Saturday before Memorial Day (and scheduled plants of catchable size rainbows) are Canyon (5,500), Bird (1,000), Outlet (1,000), and Spring (3,000) creeks and the Little White Salmon River (3,000).

Recent plants of trout (no report on angling success):

BATTLE GROUND LK (CLAR)
May 12, 2014 Cutthroat 3,000 2.74 Skamania Hatchery
GOOSE LK (SKAM)
May 13, 2014 Cutthroat 6,066 2.26 Skamania Hatchery
May 13, 2014 Brown Trout 1,540 1.75 Vancouver Hatchery
KIDNEY LK (SKAM)
May 12, 2014 Rainbow 2,079 2.28 Goldendale Hatchery
HORSESHOE LK (COWL)
May 09, 2014 Rainbow 12 0.3 Goldendale Hatchery
May 09, 2014 Rainbow 2,500 2.33 Goldendale Hatchery
May 09, 2014 Brown Trout 2,000 2.6 Mossyrock Hatchery
KLINELINE PD (CLAR)
May 12, 2014 Cutthroat 1,275 2.74 Skamania Hatchery
May 09, 2014 Rainbow 80 0.1 Goldendale Hatchery
May 09, 2014 Rainbow 250 0.3 Goldendale Hatchery
May 09, 2014 Rainbow 2,000 1.6 Vancouver Hatchery
Apr 23, 2014 Brown Trout 2,000 1.8 Vancouver Hatchery
May 12, 2014 Rainbow 256 0.67 Trout Lodge Commercial Average 1.5 lbs. each
KNUPPENBURG LK (LEWI)
May 14, 2014 Brown Trout 1,000 2.6 Mossyrock Hatchery
LK SACAJAWEA (COWL)
May 12, 2014 Brown Trout 2,002 2.6 Mossyrock Hatchery
May 12, 2014 Rainbow 1,000 2.5 Mossyrock Hatchery
LTL KLICKITAT30.0067
May 13, 2014 Rainbow 966 2.29 Goldendale Hatchery
SPEARFISH LK (KLIC)
May 13, 2014 Rainbow 1,500 2.29 Goldendale Hatchery
FORT BORST PRK LK (LEWI)
May 05, 2014 Rainbow 2,008 2.51 Goldendale Hatchery
KRESS LK (COWL)
May 08, 2014 Brown Trout 2,080 2.6 Mossyrock Hatchery
MINERAL LK (LEWI)
May 08, 2014 Brown Trout 2,990 2.6 Mossyrock Hatchery

Shad

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Bank anglers just below Bonneville Dam averaged 2.6 shad kept per rod.  Boat anglers in the Longview area were also catching some fish.

Bonneville Dam counts have averaged about 5,000 shad per day for the past week.

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