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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 22, 2014 at 4:12 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports

Salmon/Steelhead

Like last year, anglers will be allowed to retain up to six adult hatchery coho on all tributaries to the lower Columbia River with hatchery programs. Those rivers include the Cispus,Cowlitz, Deep, Elochoman, Grays (including West Fork), Kalama, Klickitat, Lewis (including North Fork), Toutle (including Green and North Fork), Tilton,and Washougal rivers plus Lake Scanewa (Cowlitz Falls Reservoir).

Chinook retention is limited to marked hatchery fish on those river systems, except on the Deep and Klickitat rivers where unmarked chinook can also be retained.  Wild Chinook may be retained on the Lewis River (including North Fork) beginning October 1.

Grays (including West Fork) and Elochoman rivers – Open to fishing for fall salmon beginning August 1. Hatchery fall Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.  In addition Chinook with a clipped ventral fin may also be kept on the Grays River (including West Fork).  Night closure, anti-snagging rule, and stationary gear restrictions will be in effect.

Green, Kalama, Toutle (including North Fork), and Washougal rivers – Open to fishing for salmon beginning August 1. Hatchery fall Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained.

Cowlitz River – 6 boat anglers kept 1 adult spring Chinook and 6 summer run steelhead.  21 bank anglers kept 1 summer run steelhead and released 4 spring Chinook mini jacks.

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 595 summer-run steelhead, 132 spring Chinook adults, 78 jacks, 138 mini-jacks and one cutthroat trout during five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released 58 spring Chinook adults and 77 jacks into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek, 134 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park, and recycled 200 summer-run steelhead and one sockeye salmon downstream to the Interstate-5 boat launch.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 2, 970 cubic feet per second on Monday, July 14. Water visibility is twelve feet.

From the boundary markers at the mouth to 400 feet or posted markers below the barrier dam:  Effective August 1, the salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook.  Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Kalama River – Open to fishing for fall salmon beginning August 1. The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook.  Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.

Lewis River (including North Fork) – Open to fishing for salmon beginning August 1.  The salmon daily limit is 6 fish of which no more than 2 may be adult Chinook.  Release all salmon except hatchery Chinook and hatchery coho.  Wild Chinook may be retained beginning October 1.

Wind River – Effort is light.  No report on angling success.  Beginning August 1, anti-snagging rule will be in effect.  Release wild Chinook and wild coho.

Drano Lake – 8 boat anglers kept 3 summer run steelhead and released 2.  Eleven boats observed here last Sunday morning.

Beginning August 1, any Chinook or coho may be retained. Anti-snagging rule will be in effect.  New:  Up to 3 adult salmon may be retained.

Klickitat River – 4 bank anglers had no catch.  River was turbid during last week’s hot weather.

Beginning August 1, any Chinook or coho may be retained. From Fisher Hill Bridge downstream, anti-snagging rule will be in effect. New:  Up to 3 adult Chinook may be retained.

Buoy 10 – Will be open for Chinook and hatchery coho August 1-September 1. Anglers will have a two-salmonid daily limit, only one of which may be a Chinook. Through August 29, any Chinook (marked or unmarked) may be kept.  From August 30-September 1, Chinook must be adipose or left ventral fin clipped to be retained.

From September 2-30, anglers will have a daily limit of up to 3 hatchery coho but must release Chinook.

From Buoy 10 upstream to the Oregon/Washington borderNew:  Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Boat anglers should be aware of Oregon’s new sport fishing closure at the mouth of Young’s Bay that runs from Aug.1 through Sept.15.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,727 salmonid anglers (including 209 boats) with 15 adult and 11 jack summer Chinook, 7 sockeye, and 550 steelhead.

6 (40%) of the adult Chinook, 259 (47%) of the steelhead, and all the sockeye were kept.

The mainstem Columbia River from the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to Bonneville Dam: Fishing for Chinook and hatchery coho will open but sockeye will close beginning August 1.

From the Rocky Point/Tongue Point line upstream to the Warrior Rock line: Anglers will be allowed to retain one adult Chinook as part of their two adult salmonid daily limit. Wild Chinook must be released between September 7-14 and all Chinook must be released in that same section September 15-30.

From the Warrior Rock light line upstream to the Steamboat Landing Dock in Washougal: New:  Anglers may retain up to 2 adult Chinook per day.

From the Steamboat Landing Dock upstream to the Hwy. 395 Bridge in PascoNew:  Up to 3 adult Chinook may be retained per day.

Camas Slough – Open to fishing for salmon beginning August 1. Hatchery fall Chinook and hatchery coho may be retained. Anglers may fish with two poles with a Two-Pole Endorsement.  New:  Each angler aboard a vessel may deploy recreational salmon/steelhead gear until the daily salmonid limit for all anglers aboard has been achieved.

Bonneville Pool – Bank anglers are catching some summer Chinook while boat anglers are catching summer run steelhead.

Effective August 1 , night closure will be in effect for salmon and steelhead through mid-October.

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

Bonneville Dam to McNary Dam – Anti-snagging rule will be in effect for salmon and steelhead from August  through mid-October.

Bonneville Dam to Hwy. 395 at Pasco – Effective August 1, any Chinook, adipose fin clipped or not, may be retained. Release all sockeye.  Wild coho must be released from the Hood River Bridge downstream.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia mainstem from Marker 82 downstream – Boat anglers from Vancouver to Longview are releasing some legals.

Bonneville Pool – Now catch-and-release only through the end of the year.  During last week’s two day retention season, boat anglers averaged a legal per about every 6 rods.  No legals were sampled from the bank anglers interviewed.

The Dalles Pool – Light effort and catch. Effective August 1, all sturgeon must be released through the end of the year.   

Walleye and Bass

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Boat anglers in the Woodland area are catching some walleye.

Bonneville Pool – Boat anglers averaged just under 2 bass released per rod.

Trout

Lake Merwin – Planted with 2,338 rainbows averaging 1.25 pounds each and 1,548 nearly 7 pounders on July 14.  No report on angling success.

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