SW WA, Columbia Fishing Report

COLUMBIA RIVER

(TANNA TAKATA, ODFW)

Salmonid angler effort increased significantly in the lower Columbia River this past weekend with 1,634 boats and 528 bank anglers counted on Saturday’s (3/20) flight.  Catch rates for spring chinook have improved and should continue to be good for the next few weeks.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Bank: Weekend checking showed three adipose fin-clipped spring chinook adults, one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook jack, and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped spring chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 257 bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boat: Weekend checking showed 83 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and three adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus seven unclipped spring chinook and one unclipped steelhead released for 367 boats (945 anglers).

Estuary Bank (Jones Beach to Clatsop Spit): Weekend checking showed one adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and four adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus one unclipped steelhead released for 90 bank anglers.

Estuary Boat (Puget Isand to Tongue Point): Weekend checking showed 30 adipose fin-clipped spring chinook and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus six unclipped spring chinook and two unclipped steelhead released for 70 boats (172 anglers).

Bonneville Pool: No report.

The Dalles Pool: Weekly checking showed no catch for 10 bank anglers; and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus five unclipped steelhead released for two boats (four anglers).

John Day Pool (Columbia River above John Day Dam and John Day Arm): No report.

STURGEON:

Sturgeon effort remains light on the lower Columbia River.  Boat and bank anglers in the gorge are catching a few legal size fish.

Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed three legal white sturgeon kept, and 41 sublegal sturgeon released for 38 bank anglers.

Gorge Boats: No report. Effort is increasing.

Troutdale Boats: Weekly checking showed four legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize and 34 sublegal sturgeon released for five boats (nine anglers).

Portland to Longview Bank: weekend checking showed no catch for five bank anglers.

Portland to Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed one legal white sturgeon kept and 29 sublegal sturgeon released for six boats (20 anglers).

Estuary Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for three anglers.

Estuary Boats: No report.

Bonneville Pool Boat and Bank: Closed for retention. No report.

The Dalles Pool Boat and Bank: Weekly checking showed one sublegal sturgeon released for 29 bank anglers; and one legal white sturgeon kept, plus two oversize, and 49 sublegal sturgeon released for 10 boats (22 anglers).

John Day Pool Boat and Bank: Closed for retention. No report.

WALLEYE:

Troutdale Boats: No report.

Bonneville Pool Boats: No report.

The Dalles Pool Boats: Weekly checking showed two walleye kept for three bank anglers; and six walleye kept, plus three walleye released for nine boats (15 anglers).

John Day Pool Boats: No report.

SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON

(JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching steelhead along with some spring chinook and sea run cutthroats.

Last week, Tacoma Power recovered 339 winter-run steelhead and 11 spring Chinook adults during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.  During the week Tacoma Power employees released 16 winter-run steelhead into the Tilton River at Gust Backstrom Park in Morton and 45 winter-run steelhead and ten spring Chinook adults into Lake Scanewa behind Cowlitz Falls Dam.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 5,090 cubic feet per second on Monday, March 22. Flows will likely be reduced to 4,000 cubic feet per second by the end of the week. Water visibility is ten feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching steelhead.

Lewis River – Light effort and no catch was observed.

Wind River – Bonneville Pool level is very low making it difficult to launch boats. It’s expected to remain this low at least through April 3rd as the US COE is performing maintenance.

Drano Lake – Light effort and no catch was observed.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Last week we sampled 2,909 boat anglers (1,268 boats) with 315 adult chinook and 10 steelhead.  In addition, we sampled 471 bank anglers with 5 adult chinook and  3 steelhead.  Overall, 85% of the adult Chinook and 92% of the steelhead caught were kept.  Of the 260 adult chinook sampled, 59% were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

Effort was up substantially from the previous weekend with 1,634 boats and 824 bank anglers counted during last Saturday’s March 20 flight.  At the same time last year, just over 1,400 boats and nearly 500 bank anglers were counted from Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some steelhead.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Slow for legal size fish.  Effort remains fairly light with 55 boats and 37 bank anglers counted during Saturday’s flight.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Fishing is slow from the bank.

WALLEYE AND BASS

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, bank and boat anglers averaged just over 0.6 walleye per rod.  Some bass were also being caught by boat anglers.

TROUT

Klineline Pond – Bank anglers averaged 2.8 rainbows per rod during creel checks last week.  Planted with 1,500 half-pound plus rainbows March 15.

Lake Sacajawea in Longview – Planted with 4,300 catchable size rainbows March 15.

Leroy Burns Pond in Wahkiakum County – Planted with 3,022 catchable size rainbows March 16.

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