SW WA Fishing Report

(JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)

Salmon/Steelhead
Cowlitz River – Steelhead and some spring chinook are being caught throughout the lower river.  Flows below Mayfield Dam are 4,560 cfs which is lower than the 5,480 cfs long-term mean for this date.
Lewis River – Effort remains generally light.  Some spring chinook are being caught.  Flows below Merwin Dam were 8,080 cfs which is higher than the 5,100 cfs long-term mean for this date.
Wind and Klickitat rivers and Drano Lake – Little to no effort.  No catch reported.  On the Klickitat, flows at Pitt are 2,150 cfs which is nearly identical to the long-term mean for this date.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – During the first four days of April we sampled 2,242 boat anglers (922 boats) with 308 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  In addition, we sampled 436 bank anglers with 60 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  96% of the chinook were caught from Section 4 (Warrior Rock) upstream.
Overall, 86% of the adult Chinook caught were kept.  Of the 300 adult chinook sampled, 93% were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

The I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam area is now closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad.  Buoy 10 to the I-5 Bridge is scheduled to be open for hatchery spring chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad 7 days/week through April 18.
The Dalles Pool – The first spring chinook of the season were sampled there last week.  Scheduled to be open 7 days/week through May.  Daily limit 2 hatchery adult chinook, hatchery steelhead, or one of each.
It is anticipated that the spring spill program will begin at all lower Snake River dams at 0001 hours on April 3rd, 2010 (see Fish Passage Center
Weekly Reports @ http://www.fpc.org/documents/weekrprt/weekly_reports_currentyear.html.

Sturgeon
Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Remains slow for legal size fish.
The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Slow for legal size fish from the bank.

Walleye and Bass
The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 1.4 walleye per rod.  A few bass were also being caught.

Salmon/Steelhead

Cowlitz River – Steelhead and some spring chinook are being caught throughout the lower river.  Flows below Mayfield Dam are 4,560 cfs which is lower than the 5,480 cfs long-term mean for this date.

Lewis River – Effort remains generally light.  Some spring chinook are being caught.  Flows below Merwin Dam were 8,080 cfs which is higher than the 5,100 cfs long-term mean for this date.

Wind and Klickitat rivers and Drano Lake – Little to no effort.  No catch reported.  On the Klickitat, flows at Pitt are 2,150 cfs which is nearly identical to the long-term mean for this date.

Lower Columbia below Bonneville DamDuring the first four days of April we sampled 2,242 boat anglers (922 boats) with 308 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  In addition, we sampled 436 bank anglers with 60 adult chinook and 1 steelhead.  96% of the chinook were caught from Section 4 (Warrior Rock) upstream.

Overall, 86% of the adult Chinook caught were kept.  Of the 300 adult chinook sampled, 93% were upriver stock based on Visual Stock Identification (VSI).

The I-5 Bridge to Bonneville Dam area is now closed to fishing for salmon, steelhead, and shad.  Buoy 10 to the I-5 Bridge is scheduled to be open for hatchery spring chinook, hatchery steelhead, and shad 7 days/week through April 18.

The Dalles Pool – The first spring chinook of the season were sampled there last week.  Scheduled to be open 7 days/week through May.  Daily limit 2 hatchery adult chinook, hatchery steelhead, or one of each.

It is anticipated that the spring spill program will begin at all lower Snake River dams at 0001 hours on April 3rd, 2010 (see Fish Passage Center
Weekly Reports @ http://www.fpc.org/documents/weekrprt/weekly_reports_currentyear.html.

Sturgeon

Lower Columbia below Bonneville Dam – Remains slow for legal size fish.

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some legals.  Slow for legal size fish from the bank.

Walleye and Bass

The Dalles Pool – Including fish released, boat anglers averaged 1.4 walleye per rod.  A few bass were also being caught.

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