SW WA Fishing Report

(JOE HYMER, PACIFIC STATES MARINE FISHERIES COMMISSION)

SALMON/STEELHEAD

Cowlitz River – Anglers are catching a mix of spring chinook and steelhead.

A CLIENT OF GUIDE ANDY SHANKS SHOWS OFF A MIDSPRING CHINOOK FROM THE COWLITZ. (ISLAND GUIDE SERVICE)

Last week Tacoma Power recovered 545 winter-run steelhead, 35 summer-run steelhead, 288 spring Chinook adults and 24 jacks during five days of operation at the Cowlitz Salmon Hatchery separator.

Tacoma Power employees released 81 spring Chinook adults, twelve jacks, and five winter-run steelhead into Lake Scanewa at the Day Use Park above Cowlitz Falls Dam and 110 spring Chinook adults, 14 jacks, and two winter-run steelhead into the upper Cowlitz River at Skate Creek Bridge in Packwood, Washington.

River flows at Mayfield Dam are approximately 3,540 cubic feet per second on Monday, May 10. Water visibility is ten feet.

Kalama River – Anglers are catching a mix of spring chinook and steelhead.

Lewis River – Generally light effort and catch.  Most of the catch has been summer run steelhead.

Wind River – Just over 40% of the boat anglers had caught a spring chinook last week.  Bank angling, including in the gorge, was slow.

Drano Lake – Just over half the boat anglers caught a spring chinook last week.  Bank anglers averaged a fish per every 3.5 rods.  Effort has been heavy, especially on Thursdays.

Klickitat River – Bank anglers from Fisher Hill Bridge downstream are catching a mix of spring chinook and summer run steelhead.

Yakima River – From Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco WA: An estimated 20 hatchery spring chinook were harvested in the lower Yakima River this week. In addition, 8 wild chinook were caught and released. Anglers averaged 39 hours per chinook.

RingoldFrom Paul Hoffarth, WDFW District 4 Fish Biologist in Pasco WA: An estimated 225 adult hatchery spring chinook were harvested at Ringold for the week of May 3-9.  An estimated 44 wild chinook were caught and released.  WDFW staff interviewed 166 anglers, 18% of the effort during the week. Anglers averaged one chinook for 17 hours of fishing. For the season, 301 hatchery steelhead have been harvested.

Upriver run size update:

  • Bonneville Dam passage of Chinook through May 9 totals 194,901 adults.  This is the highest cumulative count to date since 2002 and the 3rd highest count to date (1977-current).
  • The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met today and determined the upriver run will likely be about 350,000 adults (range 330,000-370,000).
  • TAC will continue to meet at least weekly to review passage at Bonneville Dam.

STURGEON

Lower Columbia from the Wauna powerlines to the Marker 82 line – Catch of legal size fish is increasing though effort remains similar to past weeks.  Just over 100 boats and 62 bank anglers were counted during the Saturday May 8 flight.

WALLEYE AND BASS

The Dalles Pool – Boat anglers are catching some of both species.

TROUT

Plants of rainbows into SW Washington waters last week:

Fort Borst Park Pond near Centralia – 2,019 catchable size rainbows

Lewis Co. Park Pond near Toledo – 580 Triploid Trophy Trout averaging 1.5 pounds each

Lake Sacajawea in Longview – 2,222 catchable size rainbows

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