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July 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 20 boat anglers kept 6 hatchery summer run steelhead.  31 bank anglers kept 2 hatchery spring Chinook and 5 hatchery summer run steelhead.  The fish were sampled between the hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 298 spring Chinook adults, 119 jacks, 120 mini-jacks, 457 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 47 spring Chinook adults and 18 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 159 spring Chinook adults and 94 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 29 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. The two sockeye salmon were recycled downstream to the Massey Bar boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,550 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 7.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – For the 4 days (July 3-6) when hatchery adult summer Chinook could be retained again:

We sampled 878 salmonid anglers (including 98 boats) with 66 adult and 5 jack summer Chinook, 25 sockeye, and 80 steelhead.

23 (35%) of the adult Chinook kept.    21 (84%) of the sockeye were kept though all were legal to be retained.     44 (55%) of the steelhead were kept.

By the time you read this, there will be a new record return for Columbia River sockeye.  Through July 7, a total of 507,280 fish had been counted at Bonneville Dam.  With daily counts 20,000+ for the last 2.5 weeks plus adding some recreational and commercial catch below the dam, this year’s return should easily beat the 520,959 fish that returned to the mouth of the Columbia in 2012. 

 

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some summer Chinook.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – Boat anglers in the Kalama area are doing well in the current catch-and-release only fishery.

Bonneville Pool – Retention will be allowed July 11-12 and July 18-19.  White sturgeon between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length may be retained.  Daily limit is 1 fish.

 

Angling for sturgeon is prohibited through July 31 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 Pool – Slow for legals.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Anglers are catching some bass.

Trout

Recent plants of rainbows (no reports on angling success):

TAKHLAKH LK (SKAM)
Jun 29, 2014 Rainbow 160 0.3 Goldendale Hatchery
Jun 27, 2014 Rainbow 3,325 2.14 Goldendale Hatchery

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – 20 boat anglers kept 6 hatchery summer run steelhead.  31 bank anglers kept 2 hatchery spring Chinook and 5 hatchery summer run steelhead.  The fish were sampled between the hatcheries.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 298 spring Chinook adults, 119 jacks, 120 mini-jacks, 457 summer-run steelhead and two sockeye salmon adults during four days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 47 spring Chinook adults and 18 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 159 spring Chinook adults and 94 jacks into Lake Scanewa above Cowlitz Falls Dam, and 29 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park. The two sockeye salmon were recycled downstream to the Massey Bar boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2,550 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 7.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – For the 4 days (July 3-6) when hatchery adult summer Chinook could be retained again:

We sampled 878 salmonid anglers (including 98 boats) with 66 adult and 5 jack summer Chinook, 25 sockeye, and 80 steelhead.

23 (35%) of the adult Chinook kept.    21 (84%) of the sockeye were kept though all were legal to be retained.     44 (55%) of the steelhead were kept.

By the time you read this, there will be a new record return for Columbia River sockeye.  Through July 7, a total of 507,280 fish had been counted at Bonneville Dam.  With daily counts 20,000+ for the last 2.5 weeks plus adding some recreational and commercial catch below the dam, this year’s return should easily beat the 520,959 fish that returned to the mouth of the Columbia in 2012. 

The Dalles Pool – Bank anglers are catching some summer Chinook.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from the Marker 82 line downstream – Boat anglers in the Kalama area are doing well in the current catch-and-release only fishery.

Bonneville Pool – Retention will be allowed July 11-12 and July 18-19.  White sturgeon between 38-inches and 54-inches fork length may be retained.  Daily limit is 1 fish.

Angling for sturgeon is prohibited through July 31 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 Pool – Slow for legals.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Anglers are catching some bass.

Trout

Recent plants of rainbows (no reports on angling success):

TAKHLAKH LK (SKAM)
Jun 29, 2014 Rainbow 160 0.3 Goldendale Hatchery
Jun 27, 2014 Rainbow 3,325 2.14 Goldendale Hatchery

Shad

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Fishing for shad is pretty much over for the year.

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