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September 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM

State Fish and Wildlife Columbia River regional fishing reports


Cowlitz River – Chinook are being caught between the hatcheries, summer run steelhead near the trout hatchery, and coho from the lower river.

During five days of operations at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator, last week Tacoma Power recovered:

  • 322 summer-run steelhead
  • 66 spring Chinook adults and 9 mini-jacks
  • 249 fall Chinook adults and 8 jacks
  • 76 coho adults
  • five coho jacks
  • 17 sea-run cutthroat trout

During the past week Tacoma Power employees released:

  • 64 spring Chinook adults and 29 coho adults into the Cispus River above the mouth of Yellow Jacket Creek
  • 14 spring Chinook mini-jacks into Riffe Lake at Mossyrock Park
  • 361 fall Chinook adults, 14 jacks, 5 coho adults, one jack and three cutthroat trout into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton, WA
  • 121 fall Chinook adults and three jacks at Franklin Bridge in Packwood, WA

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 4,240 cubic feet per second on Monday, September 15.

Kalama River – Bank anglers are catching some coho in the lower river.

Lewis River – Some coho and summer run steelhead are being caught in the North Fork.

Washougal River – Was good for fall Chinook in the lower river but has since slowed.

Drano Lake – Boat anglers are catching a mix of fall Chinook and summer run steelhead.

Klickitat River – Effort is heavy but anglers are catching fall Chinook.  120 vehicles were observed downstream from the Fisher Hill Bridge last Sunday morning.

Yakima River – The fall salmon fishery opened in the lower Yakima River on September 1.  This past week WDFW staff interviewed 99 anglers fishing for salmon with 2 adult chinook and 1 jack harvested.  There were an estimated 14 adult chinook and 3 jacks harvested this past week from 463 angler trips.  Fall Chinook are beginning to move into the Yakima River.  Daily Chinook counts through the Prosser Diversion are still below 100.

Buoy 10 – Reports indicate fishing for coho has improved in the past couple days.

Lower Columbia mainstem below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 1,705 salmonid anglers (including 463 boats) with 809 adult and 20 jack fall Chinook, 47 adult and 2 jack coho and 21  steelhead.

Warrior Rock line downstream

During last week’s mark selective fishery, 434 (74% ) of the 585 adult Chinook caught were released.  From the sample of 374 fish released, 367 (98%) were wild.

Warrior Rock line upstream to Bonneville Dam

212 (95%) of the 224 adult Chinook caught were kept.

Rocky Point Tongue Point line to Bonneville Dam

32 (68%) of the adult coho and 15 (71%) of the steelhead caught were kept.

Bonneville Pool – Heavy effort and lots of fall Chinook are being caught.  70-75 boats off the Klickitat each day last weekend.  80 boats off the Deschutes Saturday and 45 off the White Salmon Sunday.

Hanford Reach – An estimated 1,385 boats fished for salmon in the Hanford Reach (Hwy 395 and Priest Rapids Dam) this past week.  WDFW staff interviewed anglers from 543 boats (1,351 anglers:7,790 pole hours).  An estimated 972 adult chinook and 125 jacks were harvested this past week.   Boats averaged just under a chinook per boat.  Harvest in most of the mid to upstream areas is better than a fish per boat.  Aquatic vegetation in the water in the downstream areas of the Reach is making fishing difficult.

Staff also interviewed 100 bank anglers (379 hours) fishing for salmon at Ringold with seven chinook harvested. There were an estimated 3,448 angler trips for fall Chinook in the Tri-cities this past week.




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